Codes and Frequencies
FOKUSWELL indicates whether they had seen a traditional healer for general wellness or general disease prevention.
For information about the full range of variables related to folk medicine, including definitions, see FOKYR. For related variables and more information, please see TABDOM1, or use the search function or IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus.
Prior to 2012, only sample adults who had seen a practitioner for folk medicine during the past 12 months were asked their reasons for using folk medicine.
Beginning in 2012, sample adults and sample children were instead asked to select three of sixteen therapies that were most important and only asked a series of follow-up questions related to treating health problems, symptoms, or conditions as well as reasons for and importance of use about these top three therapies. Persons who did not include folk medicine among their top three CAM therapies did not answer follow up questions for this therapy beginning in 2012 and are reported as responding "no."
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a traditional healer during the past 12 months.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 4-17 who have reported having at least one top CAM therapy and using this therapy to treat a specific health problem or condition.
- 2007, 2012