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Currently need or use medicine prescribed by doctor


For children ages 0 to 17, CHPMED reports if the child currently needs or uses medicine prescribed by a doctor, other than vitamins.

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In 2000 CHPMED was asked on the Parent Administered Questionnaire (PAQ), a pencil-and-paper survey. For 2001 forward CHPMED 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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