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DIA1CEXAMYR
Number of exams for A1C hemoglobin, past 12 months

Description

For all persons given the Diabetes Care Survey (DCS) and have been told they have diabetes, DIA1CEXAMYR indicates how many times a doctor, nurse, or other health professional checked the respondent for glycosylated hemoglobin or "hemoglobin A-one-C."

The DCS questionnaire notes: "A1C is a blood test to monitor the glucose level of diabetes over a period of several months. The A1C test is usually done in a lab, hospital, or other doctor's office although a home kit containing materials for one or two tests is now available. The A1C test is not the same as a Home Glucose Monitoring test which is used at home to monitor glucose levels on a daily or weekly basis, and needs supplies of disposable test strips."

DIA1CEXAMYR is one of a set of variables comprising the DCS, a supplemental, self-administered pencil-and-paper survey about how respondents treat their diabetes. For related variables and more information, please see DIACONF.

Notes about the Universe
In 2010, there are three cases in which an individual answered "yes" to being told they have diabetes, but they are marked out of universe for DIA1CEXAMYR. Otherwise, the stated universe in the Universe tab holds true.

Codes

DIA1CEXAMYR is a 3-digit-numeric variable.

Beginning in 2001, DIA1CEXAMYR is top-coded at 95.

For all years,
996: NIU
997: Unknown-refused
998: Unknown-not ascertained
999: Unknown-don't know

Comparability

From 2000 to 2005, the corresponding question in the Diabetes Care Survey asked how many times a health professional checked the respondent for glycosylated hemoglobin or "hemoglobin A-one-C." Beginning in 2006, the question asked how many times a health professional checked the respondent's blood for glycosylated hemoglobin or "hemoglobin A-one-C."

Universe

  • 2000-2017: All persons ages 18+ who reported a diabetes diagnosis in the priority conditions section of the MEPS survey (DIABETICEV), and were given the Diabetes Care Survey (DCS), and reported in the DCS that they had been told by a doctor or other health professional they have diabetes or sugar diabetes (DCSDIABDX).

Availability

  • 2000-2017

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