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Doctor recommended use of antibiotics

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For sample persons under age 18 who took antibiotics in the past 2 weeks (MANTI2W), MANTI2WDREC reports if a doctor recommended the person take or use the medication. Those who answered "yes " to MANTI2WRX have been recoded to 3 "Doctor prescribed" in MANTI2WDREC. MANTI2WDREC is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement.

Related Variables about Antibiotic Use 

For those who respond "yes" to MANTI2W, the following information is also collected:

  • The main health problem the respondent used the antibiotic for (MANTI2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the antibiotic via prescription (MANTI2WRX), and
  • How often the respondent used the antibiotic in the past 3 months (MANTI2WFREQ)

For a complete list of the medicines asked about in the Medicine Use section, please see MALL2W.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who took antibiotics in past two weeks (MANTI2W).


  • 1981