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Used homeopathic treatment because: Family or friends recommended

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HOMUSRELREC indicates whether they had used homeopathic treatment because it was recommended by family, friends, or co-workers.

For information about the full range of variables related to homeopathic treatment, including definitions, see HOMYR. For information on how this variable is constructed in 2012-forward samples, please see TABDOM1.


Prior to 2012, sample adults who had seen a practitioner for homeopathic treatment during the past 12 months and, in 2002, had used homeopathic treatment for a specific health problem or condition were asked their reasons for using homeopathic treatment.

Beginning in 2012, sample adults and sample children 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 as well as reasons for and the importance of using these top three therapies. Persons who did not include homeopathic treatment 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, beginning in 2012, persons were asked separately if family members, friends, or co-workers recommended use of the therapy whereas in previous years these persons were all asked about in a single variable. The harmonized IPUMS NHIS variables HOMUSRELREC, USRELREC1, USRELREC2, and USRELREC3 include family members, friends, AND co-workers to improve comparability.


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have used homeopathic treatment 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