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Importance of use of acupuncture

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ACUIMPORT reports how important the person's use of acupuncture had been to his/her health and well-being.

For information about the full range of variables related to acupuncture, including definitions, see ACUYR. For related variables and more information, please see TABDOM1, or use the search function or IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus.


Prior to 2012, sample adults who had seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months and had used acupuncture for a specific health problem or condition were asked about the importance of and their reasons for using acupuncture.

Beginning in 2012, adults and children were instead asked to select three of sixteen therapies that were most important and only asked the series of questions related to treating health problems, symptoms, or conditions about these top three therapies, as well as questions about reasons for and the importance of use of the top three therapies. Persons who did not include acupuncture among their top three CAM therapies did not answer follow up questions for this therapy beginning in 2012 and are reported as responding "no".


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months.


  • 2002