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Degree of help from massage, 2nd condition

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For sample adults in 2002 who had used massage for their own health during the past 12 months (MASYR) and had used massage to treat at least one specific health problem or condition (MASTREAT), MASCON2HELP reports the degree of help that the respondent received from using massage to treat the second of the three conditions considered most bothersome (MASCON2).

The 2002 NHIS recognized 74 conditions (including an "other" category) that respondents could have treated with massage. (See MASTREAT for the full list.) To obtain responses to MASCON1, MASCON2, and MASCON3, the interviewer first asked, "For what health problems or conditions did you use massage?" After recording all answers, the interviewer displayed the list of conditions reported by the respondent and asked, "Which three of these are the most bothersome?"

Respondents were then asked, "How much do you think massage helped your (display for each condition)? Would you say a great deal, some, only a little, or not at all?" Responses to this question are reported in MASCON1HELP, MASCON2HELP, and MASCON3HELP.

Related Variables 

Variables similar to MASCON2HELP, which report the degree of help provided by other modalities of alternative medicine for the second of the three most bothersome conditions, include:

For more information on the full range of variables related to massage, see MASYR.


MASCON2HELP is only available for 2002.


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for massage during the past 12 months and have used massage for a specific health problem or condition and the health problem or condition specified was listed second as one of the three most bothersome health problems or conditions.


  • 2002