Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults in 2002 who had used high dose or megavitamin therapy for their own health or treatment during the past 12 months (VITYR) and who had ever seen a practitioner for high dose or megavitamin therapy (VITPRAC), VITPRACYR indicates whether the respondent had seen a practitioner for high dose or megavitamin therapy during the past 12 months.
In 2002, sample adults were asked about their use of several vitamins and minerals in high dose. See VITYCOEN for the full list of vitamins/minerals recognized by the 2002 NHIS.
Respondents who had taken high doses of one or more vitamins or minerals, such as those listed in VITYCOEN, were asked if they had ever seen a practitioner for such therapy (VITPRAC). Those respondents with a "Yes" response to VITPRAC were asked the question for VITPRACYR.
In general, however, the use of vitamins 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 VITPRACYR that indicate whether the respondent had seen a practitioner or had taken a class for a modality of alternative medicine during the past 12 months (although seeing a practitioner was not essential for such treatment), include:
- Special diets (DITPRACYR)
- Homeopathic treatment (HOMPRACYR)
- Relaxation techniques (RELCLASS)
- Herbal supplements (HERPRACYR)
- Yoga, Tai chi, or Qi gong (YTQCLASS)
For more information on the full range of variables related to vitamins, including definitions, see VITYR.
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have used high dose or megavitamin therapy for their health or treatment during the past 12 months and who saw a practitioner for high dose or megavitamin therapy.
- 2002 : SAMPWEIGHT