Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults who had used natural herbs during the past 12 months (HERYR) and had told a conventional medical professional about their use of herbs (HERYLCONVHP), HERLPSYCHO indicates whether they had reported their use of herbal supplements to a psychologist or social worker.
Data Collection and Related Variables
In 2002, interviewers asked, "During the past 12 months, did you let any of these conventional medical professionals know about your use of natural herbs?" In 2007, the question was nearly identical but referred to "herbs" rather than "natural herbs." In both years, the interviewer then handed the respondent a card listing several types of conventional health care practitioners. If the answer was affirmative (i.e., a "Yes" response in HERYLCONVHP), interviewers asked the follow-up question, "Which ones [did you tell]?" and noted, "You may choose more than one."
In both 2002 and 2007, the list of conventional medical professionals included the following:
- Medical doctor (including specialists) (HERYLMD)
- Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (HERYLNURS)
- Psychiatrist (HERYLPSYCHI)
- Dentist (including specialists) (HERYLDENT)
In 2007, the list included additional categories of conventional medical professionals. One such addition was "psychologist/social worker." The other categories of conventional medical professionals that were specified in 2007 only were:
- Pharmacist (HERLPHARM)
- Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) (HERLDO)
For more information about the full range of variables related to natural herbs, including a definition of "natural herbs," see HERYR.
HERLPSYCHO is available for 2007 only. In both 2002 and 2007, information was collected on whether use of herbs was reported to a psychiatrist. For comparison of results between the two years, researchers may wish to combine the variables relating to psychiatrists and psychologists/social workers; see HERYLPSYCHI for discussion.
For discussion of comparability issues affecting HERLPSYCHO and related variables, see HERYLCONVHP. Only persons with a positive response in HERYLCONVHP were asked the follow-up question for HERLPSYCHO.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ years who have used herbal supplements during the past 12 months and have let a conventional medical professional know about their use of herbs.
- 2007 : SAMPWEIGHT