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PAINFREQ3MO
Frequency of pain in last 3 months

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Description

Respondents reported whether, and how frequently, they had pain the past 3 months.

Comparability

Aside from changes in the universe between 2010 and later years, and between the 2011-2015 period and 2016 and later years, this variable is comparable over time.

In 2010, this item was collected for sample adults who completed the Quality of Life supplement (administered to approximately a quarter of sample adults). In 2011-2017, this item was collected for sample adults who completed the Adult Functioning and Disability supplement (administered to a subset of sample adults). Beginning in 2018, this item was included on the sample adult questionnaire and asked of all sample adults.

In 2016, sample adults who completed the Adult Functioning and Disability supplement who indicated that they never experienced pain in the past 6 months (PAINFREQ6MO) were excluded from the universe of persons asked this question. Beginning in 2018, the variable PAINFREQ6MO was not included in the survey and Adult Functioning and Disability supplement questions were included in the sample adult questionnaire; PAINFREQ3MO is asked of all sample adults aged 18 and older.

As always, users should employ the prescribed IPUMS NHIS weights.

Universe

  • 2010: One quarter of sample adults, included in quality of life supplement (and excluded from family disability supplement).
  • 2011-2015: Sample adults 18+ who were selected to receive the family disability questions (FDB) and were randomly selected to receive the Functioning and Disability (AFD) section.
  • 2016 2017: Sample adults 18+ who were selected to receive the family disability questions (FDB) and were randomly selected to receive the Functioning and Disability (AFD) section and had pain on at least some days in the past 6 months or refused to answer or did not know how often they had pain in the past 6 months.
  • 2018: Sample adults aged 18 and older.

Availability

  • 2010-2018

Weights