Codes and Frequencies
For female sample persons aged 18 and over who ever had Pap smear (1999), ever had a Pap smear but did not give an exact date (1987 and 1992), or selected a number and time period format reporting the time since their last Pap smear (2000 and thereafter), PAPLTP reports the time unit (days, weeks, months, or years) for the time since her most recent Pap smear. PAPLTP should be used in conjunction with PAPLNO, which reports the corresponding number of time units.
Please see the Comparability and Universe tabs for changes in the universe between samples.
Apart from changes in the universe, there are no comparability issues. Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the information was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IPUMS NHIS weights.
- 1987: Half of female sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CAEP supplement) who have ever heard of Pap smear test and have ever had a Pap smear exam but don't know exact date.
- 1992: Half of female sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CAEP supplement) who ever had a Pap smear exam and month and year of last exam are unknown.
- 1999: Female sample adults age 18+ who ever had Pap smear test.
- 2000; 2003; 2005; 2008: Female sample adults age 18+ who ever had Pap smear test and answered in number and time period format.
- 2010; 2013; 2015: Female sample adults 18+ who have had a Pap smear/Pap test and answered in number and time period format
- 2018: Female sample adults 18+ who selected number and time period format for most recent Pap smear test from the initial month screen.
- 1987, 1992, 1999-2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018
- 1987, 1992, 1999-2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018 : SAMPWEIGHT