Codes and Frequencies
HER1SURGTIM indicates whether the person received surgery before, at about the same time, or after she/he began using the first herbal supplement. Please see the Comparability and Universe tabs for important information on changes that may affect the comparability of this variable over time.
For more information on the about the use of other conventional medical treatments (or no conventional treatment) for the condition for which the first herbal supplement was used the most please see HER1PMEDTIM. For information about the full range of variables related to natural herbs, including a definition of "natural herbs," see HERYR.
Prior to 2012, in universe persons were asked about a series of specific health problems, symptoms, or conditions they may have treated with different complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Beginning in 2012, persons were instead asked to select three of sixteen therapies that were most important and only asked the series of questions related to treating health problems, symptoms, or conditions about these top three therapies. Persons who did not include a first herbal supplement among their top three CAM therapies did not answer follow up questions for this therapy beginning in 2012 and are reported as responding no.
Additionally, sample children aged 4-17 are included in the universe beginning in 2012. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who received surgery for the condition they used the first herbal supplement to treat or cure the most.
- 2007 : SAMPWEIGHT