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Total number of health professionals seen for balance problem

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For sample adults who have ever seen a health professional for dizziness or a balance problem, BALHPSEEN indicates the total number of different health professionals (including emergency room physicians) the respondent has ever seen for the problem. Respondents were first asked to identify the most bothersome dizziness symptom (BALSBOTHER), and this question refers to the number of different health professionals seen for the most bothersome symptom. Affirmative answers to this question were then asked if ANY of the health professionals helped with the problem. (BALHPHELP), and the time required to feel help with the balance problem (BALHPHELPNO) and (BALHPHELPTP).

In 2008, the question for this variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


The supplement consisted of a total 205 questions (some of which were only asked based on a previous response). For a further description of the Supplement as well as a full list of the balance related topics and additional variables, see BALDIZYR.

Related Variables

Variables related to the use of health services for balance problems can be found included in the 2008 Supplement.


These include:

  • ever gone to the hospital for balance or dizziness (BALGOHOSPEV)
  • ever seen health professional for balance or dizziness (BALSAWHPEV)

see this description for types of health professionals seen)

  • times saw health professional, past 5 years for balance or dizziness (BALHPNO5Y)
  • times since first saw health professional for balance or dizziness (BALHPTIM1ST)
  • Health professional diagnosed cause of balance problem (BALHPDIAG)

see this description for types of causes diagnosed)


BALHPSEEN has no comparability issues.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever seen a health professional, including ER physicians, for symptoms of dizziness or a balance problem.


  • 2008