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Reason for most recent PSA test

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For male sample adults aged 40 years and older who ever had a PSA test (PSAEV), PSALY reports the main reason for the respondent's most recent PSA test.


The survey form from 2000 and 2003 directed interviewers to show respondents a flashcard for this question. On the flashcard was written:

1. Part of a routine physical exam or screening test
2. Because of a specific problem
3. Followup test for an earlier exam
4 Family history

The flashcard was not used for this question in the 2005 and later surveys.

In the Field Representative's Manual for 2005 and 2008, a routine physical exam was defined as, "...a regular physical examination (such as an annual exam) that was not scheduled because of a specific problem."

For more information, please see PSAEV.


Apart from the use of a flashcard with the response categories in earlier surveys and the 2019 questionnaire redesign, there are no comparability issues. The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.


  • 2000; 2003; 2005; 2008; 2010; 2013; 2015; 2018: Male sample adults age 40+ who ever had PSA test.
  • 2019: Male sample adults age 40+ who ever had a PSA test (PSAEV).


  • 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018-2019


  • 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2015, 2018-2019 : SAMPWEIGHT