Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults in 2002 and 2007, MASEV reports whether the person had ever seen a provider or practitioner for massage. Those who answered affirmatively were asked whether they had used massage in the past 12 months (MASYR). In 2007, information was also collected on the use of massage by sample children in the past year.
MASEV is part of a series of variables from the 2002 and 2007 supplements on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In those years, respondents were asked about their use of massage and 15 other modalities of alternative medicine. For more information about the Alternative Health supplements, see ACUYR. For more information about the full range of variables related to massage, including definitions, see MASYR.
The question wording for MASEV changed slightly between 2002 and 2007.
In 2002, respondents were asked, "Have you ever seen a provider or practitioner for any of the following for your own health? ... Massage."
In 2007, respondents were asked, "Have you ever seen a provider or practitioner for any of the following therapies for yourself? Please say yes or no to each. ... Massage."
- 2002; 2007: Sample adults age 18+.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children between the ages of 4 and 17.
- 2002, 2007, 2012