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Ever had rheumatic fever

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For sample persons age 55 and over in 1984 and under 18 in 1988, this variable indicates if the respondent ever had a rheumatic fever. The inquiry did not require a diagnosis by a medical doctor or health professional. A definition of rheumatic fever was not provided in the 1984 or 1988 Field Representative's Manuals and the term was assumed to be respondent defined.

Related Variables

In 1984, this variable was part of the Supplement on Aging. Along with RHEUMFEV, respondents were asked if they ever had any 12 other conditions and could indicate as many as necessary. The Supplement also asked respondents if they had or ever had vision, hearing, heart, and bone conditions and other impairments.


These include:

  • HARDARTEV ever had hardening of the arteries
  • HEARTATTEV ever told had heart attack (myocardial infarction)

In 1988, this variable was part of a series of questions on child health conditions in the Supplement on Child Health. Along with RHEUMFEV, respondents were asked if the child ever had any of 33 conditions, grouped in nine categories.


Variables grouped with RHEUMFEV in the condition list included:

  • MENINGITEV, ever meningitis or spinal meningitis
  • URINTINFEV, ever had a bladder infection or urinary tract infection
  • MONOEV, ever had rheumatic fever


Changes in the universe limit comparability of this variable between 1984 and 1988.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+.
  • 1988: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1984, 1988