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Saw/talked to general doctor, past 12 months

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SAWGEN identifies sample children and sample adults who had seen or talked to "a general doctor who treats a variety of illnesses (a doctor in general practice, family medicine, or internal medicine)" during the past twelve months.

Follow-up Questions 

For all that answered affirmatively, DRALLAGES indicates the response to the follow-up question "Does that doctor treat children and adults (a doctor in general practice or family medicine)?"

For sample children only, an additional follow-up question regarding the general doctor is asked. DREMOPROB indicates the response to the question, "Did you see or talk to this general doctor because of an emotional or behavioral problem that [sample child] may have?"

Related Variables

SAWGEN 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: "a chiropractor" (SAWCHIR); "an optometrist, optician, or eye doctor (someone who prescribes eye glasses)" (SAWEYEDR); "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).


This variable is completely comparable over time.


  • 1997-2018: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children under age 18.


  • 1997-2018