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Currently have direct contact with health care patients

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For sample adults who work or volunteer in a health care setting (WORKVOLHCSET), WORKVOLHCPAT reports whether the respondent provides direct patient care as part of her/his routine work. Direct patient care is specified as activities that include physical or hands-on contact with patients.

WORKVOLHCPAT is part of a series of questions related to adult access to and utilization of health care. For more information please use the search function and IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2009-2013; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Sample adults age 18+ who work or volunteer in a health-care setting.


  • 2009-2018