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Third condition for which relaxation technique was used

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For sample adults in 2002 who had used relaxation techniques for their own health during the past 12 months (RELAXYR) and had used relaxation techniques to treat at least one specific health problem or condition (RELTREAT), RELCON3 reports the third of the three most bothersome conditions treated with relaxation techniques.

The 2002 NHIS recognized 74 conditions (including an "other" category) that respondents could have treated with relaxation techniques. (See RELTREAT for the full list.) To obtain responses to RELCON3, the interviewer first asked, "For what health problems or conditions did you use relaxation techniques?" After recording all answers, the interviewer displayed the list of conditions reported by the respondent and asked, "Which three of these are the most bothersome?" These three conditions are reported in RELCON1, RELCON2, and RELCON3.

Respondents were also asked how much relaxation techniques had helped the three conditions reported to be most bothersome. The following variables report the degree of help from relaxation techniques for each of the three most bothersome conditions: RELCON1HELP, RELCON2HELP, and RELCON3HELP.

Related Variables 

Variables similar to RELCON3, which report the third of the three most bothersome conditions treated by other modalities of alternative medicine, include:

  • Healing ritual/sacrament (PRACON3)
  • High dose or megavitamin therapy (VITYCON3)
  • Yoga, Tai chi, or Qi gong (YTQCON3)

For more information on the full range of variables related to relaxation techniques, see RELAXYR.


RELCON3 is only available for 2002.


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have used a relaxation technique for their health during the past 12 months and have used a relaxation technique for a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2002