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Informed of acupuncture: Dentist

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For sample adults who had seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months (ACUYR) and had told a conventional medical professional about their use of acupuncture (ACULCONVHP), ACULDENT indicates whether they had reported their use of acupuncture to a dentist or dental specialist.

In both 2002 and 2007, interviewers asked, "During the past 12 months, did you let any of these conventional medical professionals know about your use of acupuncture?" and handed the respondent a card listing several types of conventional health care practitioners. If the answer was affirmative (i.e., a "Yes" response in ACULCONVP), interviewers asked the follow-up question, "Which ones [did you tell]?" and noted, "You may choose more than one."

In both 2002 and 2007, the list of conventional medical professionals included, along with "dentist (including specialists)":

  • Medical doctor (including specialists) (ACULMD)
  • Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (ACULNURS)

In 2007, the list included additional categories of conventional medical professionals:

  • Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) (ACULDO)

For more information about the full range of variables related to acupuncture, including definitions, see ACUYR.


Only sample adults with a positive response in ACULCONVHP are included in the question universe for ACULDENT. For discussion of comparability issues for ACULCONVHP, see the documentation for that variable.


  • 2002; 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months and have let a conventional medical practitioner know about their use of acupuncture.


  • 2002, 2007