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Talked to doctor during visit


For office-based medical provider visits and outpatient visits (EVENTYPE), SEEDOC reports whether the person saw or spoke to a medical doctor. Prior to 2013, SEEDOC is also reported for emergency room visits.

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.

SEEDOC is on the event record (see RECTYPE for more details on the different record types in IPUMS MEPS). Variables offered on the event record through IPUMS MEPS are derived from the dental visits, other medical expenses, hospital inpatient stays, emergency room visits, outpatient visits, office-based medical provider visits, and home health event files provided by AHRQ. Please see our overview of the event, medical conditions, and prescribed medicines variables, including how those variables are offered through IPUMS MEPS, and general considerations to keep in mind when conducting analyses using these variables.

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Other than changes in universe there are no comparability issues.


  • 1996-2012: Office-based medical provider visits, outpatient visits, and emergency room visits (EVENTYPE).
  • 2013-2021: Office-based medical provider visits and outpatient visits (EVENTYPE).


  • 1996-2021



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