Development of the adult and child complementary medicine questionnaires fielded on the National Health Interview Survey

Barbara J. Stussman, Christina D. Bethell, Caroline Gray, Richard L. Nahin

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Abstract

The 2002, 2007, and 2012 complementary medicine questionnaires fielded on the National Health Interview Survey provide the most comprehensive data on complementary medicine available for the United States. They filled the void for large-scale, nationally representative, publicly available datasets on the out-of-pocket costs, prevalence, and reasons for use of complementary medicine in the U.S. Despite their wide use, this is the first article describing the multi-faceted and largely qualitative processes undertaken to develop the surveys. We hope this in-depth description enables policy makers and researchers to better judge the content validity and utility of the questionnaires and their resultant publications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number328
JournalBMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 23 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive interviewing
  • Complementary medicine
  • Complementary therapies
  • National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
  • Questionnaire development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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