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Needed medical attention for acupuncture side effects

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For sample adults in 2007 who had previously had side effects from acupuncture use (ACUNOSIDE), ACUSIDEMED indicates whether those side effects required medical attention.

The 2002 and 2007 NHIS included supplements covering a range of alternative health practices (see ACUYR). In 2007, respondents who had ever used acupuncture but had not done so in the past 12 months (i.e., those with a positive response to ACUEV coupled with a negative response to ACUYR) were asked their reason for not using acupuncture in the past 12 months. (See ACUNOCOST for the range of possible reasons.)

Respondents who had not used acupuncture in the past 12 months because they had had side effects the last time they had used it (ACUNOSIDE) were asked to specify those side effects. (Because these data were recorded in the form of alphabetic verbatim responses, IPUMS NHIS does not harmonize this material. However, these verbatim responses are available in the public use files for NHIS.) Respondents were then asked whether they had needed medical attention for those side effects.

In 2007, information about whether alternative treatments had previously resulted in side effects requiring medical attention was also collected for chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation (COMSIDEMED), meditation (RELSIDEMED), and yoga (YTQSIDEMED).


ACUSIDEMED is only available for 2007.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who had side effects from accupuncture.


  • 2007