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Health problem for which took medicine 4 in past 2 weeks

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For sample persons under age 18 who have taken four or more medicines in the past two weeks, MED2WPROB4 indicates the main health problem that led the child to taking the fourth type of medication.

MED2WPROB4 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 fourth reported medication used MED2W4, whether or not the doctor prescribed the fourth reported medication MED2WRX4, whether or not the doctor had recommended the use of the fourth reported medication MED2WDREC4, and the frequency with which the fourth reported medication was taken in the past three months MED2WFREQ4.


This variable has no comparability issues.


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


  • 1981