Codes and Frequencies
SAWCHIR identifies sample children and sample adults who had seen or talked to a chiropractor during the past twelve months. The Field Representative's Manual defined a chiropractor as "a licensed professional, but not a medical doctor, who uses manipulation of the body joints, especially the spine, to restore normal nerve function."
SAWCHIR is one of several variables identifying specific types of health care practitioners that respondents had consulted in the previous twelve months. Interviewers began the series of questions by saying, "During the past 12 months, that is, since [12 month reference date], have you seen or talked to any of the following health care providers about your own/[sample child's] health?"
Other types of health care practitioners identified in the survey are: "an optometrist, optician, or eye doctor (someone who prescribes eye glasses)" (SAWEYEDR); "a general doctor who treats variety of illnesses (a doctor in general practice, family medicine, or internal medicine)" (SAWGEN); "a foot doctor" (SAWFOOT); "a doctor who specializes in women's health (an obstetrician/gynecologist)"(SAWGYN); "a mental health professional such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, psychiatric nurse, or clinical social worker" (SAWMENT); "a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or midwife" (SAWRNPA); "a physical therapist, speech therapist, respiratory therapist, audiologist, or occupational therapist" (SAWTHERA); and "a medical doctor who specializes in a particular medical disease or problem (other than obstetrician/gynecologist, psychiatrist, or ophthalmologist)" (SAWSPEC).
If the respondent had seen more than one type of health professional during a single visit, each of these practitioners was to be reported separately. As the Manual for 1997-2000 explained, "If the Sample Adult saw a physician's assistant who checked his temperature and blood pressure before seeing the general practitioner, count this as both 'a general doctor...' and 'a ... physician's assistant,' even though they were both seen on the same visit." The Manual for 2001 forward made the same point: "if the Sample Child saw a physician's assistant for a physical exam before seeing the general practitioner (physician) for further diagnosis, count this as both "a general practitioner" and "a physician's assistant."
- 1997-2018: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 2 to 17.
- 1997-2018 : SAMPWEIGHT