Codes and Frequencies
PLACECAR reports where, if anywhere, the sample adult or sample child usually went "when you need routine or preventive care, such as a physical examination or check up."
The Field Representative's Manual defined "routine or preventive care" as "a health procedure or series of health procedures done to help a person avoid illness or to detect problems early" (for 1997) or as "a doctor visit or health procedure to prevent illness or to detect problems early, such as immunization or a physical exam" (for 1998 forward).
The Manual consistently defined "a general physical exam or check-up" as "an examination not for a specific condition or problem. This may include the following: a periodic health examination, a complete medical examination, an annual health check-up or a comprehensive physical examination. It does NOT include dental exams and vision tests." These definitions were not routinely shared with respondents.
For both sample adults and sample children, the NHIS question associated with PLACECAR ("What kind of place [do/does] [you/sample child] usually go to when [you/sample child] need[s] routine preventive care, such as a physical examination or [well baby/child] check-up?") was asked only if specific criteria were satisfied.
The question was asked if any of the following criteria were satisfied:
- (1) USUALPL (whether the sample adult or sample child had a place (or more than one place) that they usually went when they were sick or needed advice about their health) is not coded as either "Yes" (2), or "More than one place" (3).
- (2) TYPPLSICK (the type of place sample adults and sample children usually went when they were sick or needed advice about their health) is coded as either "Unknown-Refused" (97), "Unknown-not ascertained" (98), or "Unknown-don't know" (99).
- (3) ROUTCARE (whether the place that the sample adult and sample child usually went for routine or preventive care was the same place that they usually went when sick or when they needed advice about their health) is not coded as "Yes" (2).
However, because of the interrelationships between these variables, the question associated with PLACECAR is asked whenever ROUTCARE is not coded as "Yes" (i.e., the place where the sample adult/child usually went for routine or preventive care was not the same place where they usually went when sick or needed advice about their health).
- 1988: Sample persons under age 18 who had ever visited a doctor and had a usual place for routine care.
- 1997-2018: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children under age 18 who did not go to the same place for routine care as for sick care.
- 1988, 1997-2018
- 1988, 1997-2018 : SAMPWEIGHT