Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults aged 18 and over, CHOLCHEK1YR indicates if the respondent's blood cholesterol was checked by a doctor, nurse, or other health professional in the past 12 months.
In the past 12 months, other tests mentioned are:
- Blood pressure
- Fasting test for high blood sugar/diabetes
- Pap smear/test
- Test for colon cancer
This variable can be used to monitor the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This variable is comparable for 2011-2013. In 2014, additional cholesterol screening questions were included to ascertain the time since last cholesterol check; persons who did not know the time since last cholesterol check were asked if they have had their blood cholesterol checked in the past 12 months. Respondents who broke off participation prior to that question were recorded as Not Ascertained even if they had provided valid responses to the time since last cholesterol check questions. As a result of this change, NHIS reports estimates based on CHOLCHEK1YR in 2014 are not comparable with earlier years.
- 2011-2018: Sample adults age 18+.
- 2011-2018 : SAMPWEIGHT