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Child needs more medical care than most children of same age


For children ages 0 to 17, CHMORCARE reports if the child needs or uses more medical care, mental health, or educational services than is usual for most children of the same age.

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.

In 2000 CHMORCARE was asked on the Parent Administered Questionnaire (PAQ), a pencil-and-paper survey. For 2001 forward CHMORCARE is part of the Children with Special Health Care Needs Screener (CSHCN), which is collected on the Child Preventive Health Supplement. See CHSPECND for information on the CSHCN and LESSHLTHY for more information on the Child Preventive Health Supplement.

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The change in mode of administration 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. There are no other comparability issues.


  • 2000-2021: Children ages 0-17.


  • 2000-2021



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