Codes and Frequencies
For sample children age 17 and under who currently need or use prescription medicine because of a medical, behavioral, or other health condition (CHNEEDRX, CHNEEDRXHC), CHNEEDRXYR reports parents' responses to the question, "Is this a condition that has lasted or is expected to last at least 12 months?" The 2002 Field Representative's Manual instructed interviewers that for questions that make reference to a specific time period, "be sure that you ask the questions exactly as worded, emphasizing the time period."
Rationale for Inquiry
CHNEEDRXYR was part of the Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Supplement included in the Sample Child Health Care Access and Utilization section of the NHIS.
Before beginning this part of the survey, the interviewer read the following statement:
The 2002 Field Representative's Manual provides the following information regarding the purpose of the CSHCN Supplement:
- Growth or physical development
- Abilities and activities at school or play
- The kind or amount of services needed or used
According to the 2002 Survey Description, the CSHCN Supplement was included in the NHIS "to compare the results of a face-to-face in-home interview as conducted by the NHIS with a random digit dial telephone interview as conducted by NCHS's State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS)." The Survey Description goes on to mention that the special needs questions included in the 2001 SLAITS and 2002 NHIS were taken from a standardized screener developed by the Foundation for Accountability (FACCT). The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), in collaboration with FACCT, provides further information on this screener on their website at http://www.cahmi.org, including scoring procedures used to identify children with special health care needs.
For more information on the other CSHCN Supplement items and for scoring procedures, see CHNEEDRX. CHNEEDRX, CHNEEDRXHC, and CHNEEDRXYR were items in the section of the CSHCN dealing with prescription medicine. Children with affirmative responses in all three of these variables satisfied the criteria for children with special health care needs in the domain "dependency on prescription medications" (a "yes" value in the IPUMS NHIS-created variable SPNEEDRX).
- 2002: Sample children under age 18 who currently need or use prescription medicine because of health condition.
- 2002 : SAMPWEIGHT