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Informed of ayurveda: Dentist

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For sample adults who had seen a practitioner for ayurveda during the past 12 months (AYUYR) and had told a conventional medical professional about their use of ayurveda (AYULCONVHP), AYULDENT indicates whether they had reported their use of ayurveda 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 ayurveda?" 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 AYULCONVP), 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) (AYULMD)
  • Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (AYULNURS)

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

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

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


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


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


  • 2002, 2007