Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults who had used natural herbs for their health (2002) or had used herbal supplements (2007) during the past 12 months (HERYR) and had told a conventional medical professional about their use of herbs (HERYLCONVHP), HERYLMD indicates whether they had reported their herb use to a medical doctor (including specialists).
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 practitioners included, along with "medical doctor (M.D.) (including specialists)":
- Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant (HERYLNURS)
- Psychiatrist (HERYLPSYCHI)
- Dentist (including specialists) (HERYLDENT)
In 2007, the list included additional categories of conventional medical professionals:
- Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) (HERLDO)
- Psychologist/Social Worker (HERLPSYCHO)
- Pharmacist (HERLPHARM)
For more information about the full range of variables related to natural herbs, including a definition of "natural herbs," see HERYR.
The list of conventional medical practitioners on the card shown to respondents was shorter in 2002 than in 2007.
For example, the only type of physician listed in 2002 was "medical doctor (M.D.), (including specialists)"; in 2007, however, both "medical doctor (including specialists)" and "Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)" were listed. Some respondents may have included osteopaths in the M.D. category in 2002, but this was probably less common in 2007, when osteopaths were accorded a separate category on the flashcard.
Researchers may wish to try combining the M.D. and D.O. categories to increase comparability for HERYLMD between 2002 and 2007.
Only sample adults with a positive response in HERYLCONVHP are included in the question universe for HERYLMD. For discussion of comparability issues for HERYLCONVHP, see the documentation for that variable.
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have used natural herbs for their health during the past 12 months and have let a conventional medical professional know about their use of natural herbs.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have used herbal supplements during the past 12 months and have let a conventional medical professional know about their use of herbs.
- 2002, 2007
- 2002, 2007 : SAMPWEIGHT