For SAQ persons ages 18 and older and children ages 0 to 17 who went to a doctor's office or clinic in the past 12 months, excluding emergency room visits (VISITYRNO), ADEXPL indicates how often, in the last 12 months, the respondent felt that doctors or other health providers explained things in a way that was easy to understand.
Beginning in 2018 ADEXPL 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.
ADEXPL 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, ADEXPL 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, ADEXPL was asked on the Parent Administered Questionnaire, a pencil-and-paper survey, in 2000. For 2001 forward, ADEXPL is part of the Child Preventive Health Supplement. See LESSHLTHY for more information on the Child Preventive Health Supplement.
Codes and Frequencies
The change in mode of administration for children ages 0 to 17 from a self-administered questionnaire in 2000 to an interviewer administered questionnaire in 2001 forward may produce slightly different estimates in 2000 compared to later years. For adults ages 18 and older, ADEXPL is part of a self-administered questionnaire for all years. There are no other comparability issues.
- 2000-2017; 2019: SAQ persons ages 18 and older and children ages 0-17 who went to a doctor's office or clinic in the past 12 months, excluding emergency room visits (VISITYRNO).
- 2000-2017, 2019