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ACUTFEVER indicates whether the person used acupuncture therapy to treat fever that lasted more than one day. Please see the Comparability and Universe tabs for more information on how this variable was constructed.


In 2007 a fever lasting more than one day was only included as a condition only for sample children ages 4-17. Beginning in 2012, sample adults and sample children ages 4-17 were both asked about this condition.

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. Respondents were only asked follow-up questions about the CAM therapies that they included among their top three CAM therapies. Persons who did not include acupuncture therapy among their top three CAM therapies are recording as responding "no" to ACUTFEVER. For more information on the construction of this variable, please see TABDOM1.

Additionally, prior to 2012 only sample children could report using a CAM therapy to treat a fever. However, beginning in 2012, sample adults could also report treating a fever using a CAM therapy.


  • 2007: Sample children under 18 who have seen a practitioner for acupuncture during the past 12 months and have used acupuncture for a specific health problem or condition.
  • 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 4-17 who have reported having at least one top CAM therapy and using this therapy to treat a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2007, 2012