Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults in 2002 who had used a relaxation technique for their health during the past 12 months (see below), RELPRAC indicates whether the respondent had ever seen a practitioner for relaxation techniques.
In 2002, sample adults were asked about their use of the following relaxation techniques during the past year:
- Meditation (RELMEDYR)
- Guided imagery (RELGIMYR)
- Progressive relaxation (RELRELAXYR)
- Deep breathing exercises (RELBRETHYR)
Respondents who indicated using one or more of the above relaxation techniques were asked the question for RELPRAC. Those respondents with a "Yes" response to RELPRAC were asked if they had seen a practitioner for relaxation techniques in the past 12 months (RELCLASS).
In general, however, the use of relaxation techniques does not require seeing a practitioner. Many other forms of complementary and alternative medicine inquired about in the NHIS do require a practitioner (e.g., acupuncture, hypnosis, massage). Variables similar to RELPRAC that indicate whether the respondent had ever seen a practitioner for a modality of alternative medicine (even though a practitioner is not essential for using that modality) include:
- Special diets (DITPRAC)
- Homeopathic treatment (HOMPRAC)
- Herbal supplements (HERPRAC)
- High dose or megavitamin therapy (VITPRAC)
For more information on the full range of variables related to relaxation techniques, including definitions, see RELMEDYR.
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who used a relaxation technique for their health during the past 12 months.
- 2002 : SAMPWEIGHT