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Informed of massage: Nurse practitioner

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For sample adults who had seen a practitioner for massage during the past 12 months (MASYR) and had told a conventional medical professional about their use of massage (MASLCONVHP), MASLNURS indicates whether they had reported their use of massage to a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.

In both 2002 and 2007, interviewers asked, "During the past 12 months, did you let any of these conventional medical professionals know about your use of massage?" and handed the respondent a card listing several types of conventional health care practitioners. If the answer was affirmative (i.e., a "Yes" response in MASLCONVP), 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 professionals included, along with "nurse practitioner/physician assistant":

  • Medical doctor (including specialists) (MASLMD)
  • Dentist (including specialists) (MASLDENT)

In 2007, the list included additional categories of conventional medical professionals:

  • Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) (MASLDO)

For more information about the full range of variables related to massage, including definitions, see MASYR.


Only sample adults with a positive response in MASLCONVHP are included in the question universe for MASLNURS. For discussion of comparability issues for MASLCONVHP, see the documentation for that variable.


  • 2002; 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have seen a practitioner for massage during the past 12 months and have let a conventional medical professional know about their use of massage.


  • 2002, 2007