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Doctor recommended medicine 6, taken in past 2 weeks

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For sample persons under age 18 who have taken six or more medicines in the past two weeks, MED2WDREC6 indicates if a doctor recommended the sixth type of medication the child is reported to have taken in the previous two weeks. Those who answered "yes" to MED2WRX6 have been recoded to 3 ("Doctor prescribed") in MED2WDREC6.

MED2WDREC6 is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement. For more information and related variables about child medication intake, please see MED2W1.

Related Variables
Persons are also asked about the type of sixth reported medication used MED2W6, the main health problem for which the sixth reported medication was used MED2WPROB6, whether or not a doctor prescribed the sixth reported medication MED2WRX6, and the frequency with which the sixth reported medication was taken in the past three months MED2WFREQ6.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who have taken six or more medications in the past two weeks.


  • 1981