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Condition for which acupuncture was used most

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ACUTCONMOST reports the condition for which acupuncture was used the most. Please see the Comparability, Universe and Survey Text tabs for more information on changes in the variable over time.

This variable is part of the Alternative Health Supplements sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS). For information on the purpose of these supplements, along with a list of all modalities of alternative medicine that respondents could report using, a discussion of related acupuncture use variables, and definitions of acupuncture, 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, in universe persons were asked about a series of specific health problems, symptoms, or conditions they may have treated with different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies.

Beginning in 2012, persons 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. Unlike other CAM variables created through special programming in 2012, ACUTCONMOST excludes persons who did not report acupuncture among their top three CAM therapies. Persons who wish to include these cases in the universe for ACUTCONMOST, may identify such persons by using the variables CAMTHER1, CAMTHER2, and CAMTHER3, which report the person's top three CAM therapies.. For more detail on how the 2012 version of this variable was constructed, see TABDOM1.

Changes in universe also pose comparability challenges; in 2007, only sample adults were included in the universe. Beginning in 2012, however, sample adults and sample children are included in the universe.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months and have used acupuncture for at least one specific health problem or condition.


  • 2007