Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults in 2002, 2007, and 2012 who had ever seen a practitioner for acupuncture (ACUEV) and for sample children in 2007 and 2012, ACUYR reports whether the person had used acupuncture in the past 12 months. In 1999, information about acupuncture use in the past 12 months was collected from all sample adults.
Acupuncture was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Alternative Health Supplements.
The 1999 Field Representative's Manual defines acupuncture as:
The 2002 Field Representative's Manual defines acupuncture is:
This definition was not routinely shared with respondents.
The 2007 and 2012 Field Representative's Manual defines acupuncture as:
Field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."
Additional information about the use of acupuncture was collected for respondents who reported using acupuncture in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency and cost of use. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to explore these variables.
In 2007, sample children were added to the universe for this question. In 2007 only, the sample child universe was not restricted by if the sample child had ever used acupuncture (ACUEV). Because of this expanded universe, the number of negative responses for ACUYR is much higher in 2007. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.
- 1999: Sample adults age 18+.
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever seen a practitioner for acupuncture.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever seen a practitioner for acupuncture and sample children under 18.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever seen a practitioner for acupuncture and sample children between the ages of 4 and 17.
- 1999, 2002, 2007, 2012