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Currently work or volunteer in health care setting

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For sample adults, WORKVOLHCSET reports whether the respondent currently works or volunteers in a health care setting, including hospitals, medical clinics, doctor's or dentist's offices, or nursing homes. This also includes first responders, public safety personnel, part-time and unpaid work in a health care facility and professional nursing care provided in the home.

WORKVOLHCSET 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.


In 2012, the survey text was modified and with a more expansive list of who should be included. "Emergency responders and public safety personnel" were added as examples of who should be included in this variable. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.


  • 2009-2013; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2009-2018