For SAQ persons ages 18 and older (SAQELIG) and children ages 0 to 17, ADRTCR indicates if, in the last 12 months, the respondent made any appointments for their health care with a doctor or other health provider, excluding times they needed care right away. The following definition of health care provider was provided to respondents: "A health provider could be a general doctor, a specialist doctor, a nurse practitioner, a physician assistant, a nurse, or anyone else you would see for health care."
Beginning in 2018 ADRTCR 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.
ADRTCR 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, ADRTCR 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, ADRTCR was asked on the Parent Administered Questionnaire, a pencil-and-paper survey, in 2000. For 2001 forward, ADRTCR is part of the Child Preventive Health Supplement. See LESSHLTHY for more information on the Child Preventive Health Supplement.
Codes and Frequencies
The question wording for ADRTCR changed in 2002 compared to earlier years. For 2000-2001, the question asked about appointments for "regular or routine health care." For 2002 forward the question asked about appointments "not including the times you needed health care right away."
Additionally, 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, ADRTCR is part of a self-administered questionnaire for all years.
- 2000-2017; 2019; 2021: SAQ persons ages 18 and older and children ages 0-17.
- 2000-2017, 2019, 2021