For SAQ persons ages 18 and older and children ages 0 to 17 who made any appointments for their health care with a doctor or other health provider in the last 12 months (ADRTCR), ADRTWW indicates how often they got an appointment for their health care as soon as they thought they needed it. This excludes times they needed care right away.
Beginning in 2018 ADRTWW 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.
ADRTWW 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, ADRTWW 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, ADRTWW was asked on the Parent Administered Questionnaire, a pencil-and-paper survey, in 2000. For 2001 forward, ADRTWW 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 ADRTWW changed in 2008 compared to earlier years. For 2000-2007, the question asked about getting appointments "as soon as you wanted." For 2008 forward the question asked about getting appointments "as soon as you thought you needed."
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, ADRTWW 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 who made any appointments for non-emergency health care in the last 12 months (ADRTCR).
- 2000-2017, 2019, 2021