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Saw/talked to OB/GYN, past 12 months

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SAWGYN identifies female sample children and sample adults who had seen or talked to "a doctor who specializes in women's health (an obstetrician/gynecologist)" during the past twelve months. The Field Representative's Manuals for 1997 forward defined an obstetrician/gynecologist as "a medical doctor who treats women, pregnancy, and diseases of the female reproductive system including the breasts."

Related Variables

SAWGYN 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); "a foot doctor" (SAWFOOT); "an optometrist, optician, or eye doctor (someone who prescribes eye glasses)" (SAWEYEDR); "a general doctor who treats a variety of illnesses (a doctor in general practice, family medicine, or internal medicine") (SAWGEN); "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: Female sample adults age 18+ and female sample children age 15 to 17.


  • 1997-2018