Codes and Frequencies
NATYR reports whether the person had seen a provider or practitioner for naturopathy during the past 12 months. See the Comparability and Universe Tabs for information on changes to the universe of this variable over time.
Naturopathy was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Complementary and Alternative Health Supplements. In some years, if sample persons gave a positive response to NATYR, they were asked a series of follow-up questions.
The 2002 Field Representative's Manual defines naturopathy as:
This definition was not routinely shared with respondents.
In other years, the Field Representative's Manual provided a slightly different definition. In these years, naturopathy was defined as:
Additionally, field representatives in other years were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."
In some years, additional information about use of naturopathy was collected for respondents who reported using naturopathy in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency of use and amount of out-of-pocket costs.
Aside from slight changes in the universe, this variable is comparable over time.
In 2002, 2007, and 2012, sample adults 18 and older were first asked whether they had ever seen a provider for naturopathy (NATEV) and, for those who indicated that they had, NATYR records whether they had seen a provider for naturopathy in the past 12 months. In 2017, the initial question asking about whether sample adults had ever seen a provider for naturopathy was not asked. Instead, all sample adults aged 18 and older were asked whether they had seen a provider for naturopathy in the past 12 months.
In 2007, sample children were added to the universe for this question. In 2007 and 2017, the person responding for the sample child was asked whether the child had seen a provider for naturopathy in the past 12 months. In 2012, the respondent was first asked whether the sample child had ever seen a provider for naturopathy and then asked whether the child had seen a provider in the past 12 months. In 2007, respondents for sample children under age 18 were asked about naturopathy, and in 2012 and 2017 respondents for sample children aged 4 and older were asked about naturopathy.
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever seen a practitioner for naturopathy.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever seen a practitioner for naturopathy and sample children under 18.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 4+ who have ever seen a practitioner for naturopathy.
- 2017: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 4+.
- 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017