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Degree of help from acupuncture, 3rd condition

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For sample adults in 2002 who had used acupuncture for their own health during the past 12 months (ACUYR) and had used acupuncture to treat at least one specific health problem or condition (ACUTREAT), ACUCON3HELP reports the degree of help that the respondent received from using acupuncture to treat the third of the three conditions considered most bothersome (ACUCON3).

The 2002 NHIS recognized 74 conditions (including an "other" category) that respondents could have treated with acupuncture. (See ACUTREAT for the full list.) To obtain responses to ACUCON1, ACUCON2, and ACUCON3, the interviewer first asked, "For what health problems or conditions did you use acupuncture?" After recording all answers, the interviewer displayed the list of conditions reported by the respondent and asked, "Which three of these are the most bothersome?"

Respondents were then asked, "How much do you think acupuncture helped your (display for each condition)? Would you say a great deal, some, only a little, or not at all?" Responses to this question are reported in ACUCON1HELP, ACUCON2HELP, and ACUCON3HELP.

Related Variables 

Variables similar to ACUCON3HELP, which report the degree of help provided by other modalities of alternative medicine for the third of the three most bothersome conditions, include:

For more information on the full range of variables related to acupuncture, see ACUYR.


ACUCON3HELP is only available for 2002.


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months, who have used acupuncture to treat a specific health problem or condition, and the health problem or condition specified was listed third as one of the three most bothersome health problems or conditions.


  • 2002