For children ages 0 to 17 and SAQ persons ages 18 and older who the respondent or a doctor thought needed to see a specialist in the last 12 months (ADSPEC), ADESSP indicates how often it was easy to see a specialist that they needed to see. Respondents were instructed to exclude dental visits and specialists were defined as, "doctors like surgeons, heart doctors, allergy doctors, skin doctors, and others who specialize in one area of health care." Beginning in 2017 ADESSP is only available for children ages 0 to 17 who the respondent or a doctor thought needed to see a specialist in the last 12 months (ADSPEC).
Beginning in 2018 ADESSP is fielded every other year and will only be collected in odd years. See our user note for more details on this and other changes that occurred in 2018.
IPUMS MEPS reports the universe for each variable based on a thorough review of the original MEPS documentation. Investigating the data may reveal cases that do not meet the stated universe. Users are encouraged to validate universes for their analyses.
ADESSP is part of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS). See VISITYRNO for more information on CAHPS.
For adults ages 18 and older, ADESSP is part of the Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ), a pencil-and-paper survey. See SAQELIG for more information on the SAQ.
For children ages 0 to 17, ADESSP is part of the Child Preventive Health Supplement. See LESSHLTHY for more information on the Child Preventive Health Supplement.
Codes and Frequencies
- 2008-2017, 2019, 2021