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Locator Record

Title: Analgesics Pain Relievers (RXQANA_B )
Contact Number: 1-866-441-NCHS
Years of Content: 2001 - 2002
First Published: November, 2005
Revised: NA
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: None
Geographic Coverage: National
Subject:Analgesics Pain Relievers
Record Source: NHANES 2001 - 2002
Survey Methodology: NHANES 2001 - 2002 is a stratified multistage probability sample of the civilian non-institutionalized population of the U.S.
Medium: NHANES Web site; SAS transport files

Component Description

The Dietary Supplements and Prescription Medication Section (DSQ) of the Sample Person (SP) Questionnaire collects information on

  1. dietary supplements,
  2. non-prescription antacids,
  3. pain relievers/analgesics, and
  4. prescription medications.

This documentation describes the Analgesic Subsection which provides personal interview data on lifetime and current chronic use of specific prescription and non-prescription pain medications.

Eligible Sample

The eligible sample consisted of participants 20 years of age and older.

Interview Setting and Mode of Administration

During the household interview, respondents were asked a series of questions about lifetime and current chronic use of specific prescription and non-prescription pain medications. Chronic use was defined as “use nearly every day for as long as a month”. Participants were shown a hand card with a list of pain-relieving products (Appendix) and were asked to identify which products listed on the hand card they had taken nearly every day for as long as a month.

A trained survey interviewer administered the survey participant questionnaire.

Respondents were shown a hand card with a list of prescription and non-prescription pain-relieving products (see Appendix). 

Quality Assurance & Quality Control

Data were routinely examined for discrepancies and erroneous values.

Data Processing and Editing

RXD300 - Pain Relievers drugs/over counter taken regularly

This question was modified slightly over the 2-year survey period. For part of the time period, participants were asked to report pain relievers taken nearly every day for as long as a month, and for another part they were asked about use nearly every day for a month or longer. For the 2001–2002 data release, responses to these questions were combined into a single variable, RXD300. This variable is comparable to the 1999–2000 RXQ300 variable.

RXD310 – Product taken

During part of the 2-year survey period, minor modifications regarding ordering of products and inclusion of generic ingredient names were made to the hand card to improve data collection (not shown). The 2001–2002 RXD310 variable is comparable to the 1999–2000 RXQ310 variable.

RXD320 – Number of years taking product every day

All responses less than 1 year were coded to a value of 666. Some participants reported use for more than 1 year; however, they did not provide the exact number of years of use. Responses for these individuals were coded to a value of 555.

RXD330 – Currently taking product every day

During part of the 2-year survey period, participants aged 20 years and older who reported a pain reliever in RXD300 were asked a single question about whether they were currently using the pain reliever product daily or nearly every day. For another part of the survey period, one question asked participants about their use of pain relievers in the past 30 days, and a follow-up question asked how many days they had used the product in the past 30 days. For purposes of comparability, these two questions were combined into RXD330: Persons who reported the use of a pain reliever in RXD300 and reported using that product for greater than 21 days from the two-part question were identified as a current chronic pain reliever user in RXD330.

Analytic Notes

This file is a drug product level file. Therefore, participants who reported the use of multiple pain relieving products will have a record for each product. Note that these data do not differentiate between prescription and non-prescription analgesics. The analyst should also be aware of the above data editing before analyzing the data.

References

Codebook and Frequencies

SEQN - Respondent sequence number

Variable Name:
SEQN
SAS Label:
Respondent sequence number
English Text:
Respondent sequence number.
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 150 YEARS

RXD300 - Drugs/over counter taken regularly

Variable Name:
RXD300
SAS Label:
Drugs/over counter taken regularly
English Text:
The next questions are about certain prescription and over the counter pain relievers that {you/SP} may be using now or may have used in the past on a regular basis. You may have told me about some of these pain relievers earlier. I have some different questions specifically about pain relievers. {Have you/has SP} ever taken any of these prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers nearly every day for as long as a month?
English Instructions:
HAND CARD DSQ2
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 1480 1480
2 No 4146 5626 End of Section
7 Refused 7 5633 End of Section
9 Don't know 2 5635 End of Section
. Missing 4 5639

RXD310 - Product taken

Variable Name:
RXD310
SAS Label:
Product taken
English Text:
Which products {have you/has SP} taken?
English Instructions:
CODE ALL THAT APPLY. HAND CARD DSQ2. CAPI INSTRUCTION: DISPLAY PRODUCT LIST OF PAIN RELIEVING PRODUCTS. (ADD " --ALSO ALEVE" AFTER "NAPROSYN " IN THE RESPONSE CATEGORIES.)
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
10 Aspirin - also buffered aspirin products such as Anacin, Bayer, Bufferin, Midol, Ascripton, Ecotrin, Pabrin and Alka Seltzer 750 750
11 Tylenol - also other acetaminophen products, including sinus products such as Anacin-3, Dristan AF, and Comtrex 275 1025
12 Ibuprofen - also, Advil, Nuprin, Motrin IB (including cold and sinus products containing ibuprofen) 304 1329
13 Excedrin 30 1359
14 Vanquish 2 1361
15 Feldene 10 1371
16 Voltarin 6 1377
17 Clinoril 0 1377
18 Indocin 4 1381
19 Naprosyn - also Aleve 94 1475
20 Tolectin 0 1475
77 Refused 1 1476
99 Don't know 4 1480
. Missing 4159 5639

RXD320 - # years taking product every day

Variable Name:
RXD320
SAS Label:
# years taking product every day
English Text:
Please think about {your/SP's} use of pain reliever products during {your/his/her} lifetime. For how many years did {you/s/he} use {PRODUCT NAME} nearly every day? Please do not count the months or years when {you were/s/he was} not taking the medicine.
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER OF YEARS
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 60 Range of Values 947 947
555 More than 1 year unspecified 5 952
666 Less than one year 411 1363
777 Refused 0 1363
999 Don't know 16 1379
. Missing 4260 5639

RXD330 - Currently taking product every day

Variable Name:
RXD330
SAS Label:
Currently taking product every day
English Text:
{Do you/Does SP} currently use or take {PRODUCT NAME} daily or nearly every day?
English Instructions:
IF NO, REFUSED OR DON'T KNOW, ASK RXQ.320 - RXQ.331 FOR NEXT PAIN RELIEVER. IF NO NEXT PAIN RELIEVER, GO TO END OF SECTION.
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Yes 929 929
2 No 542 1471 End of Section
7 Refused 0 1471 End of Section
9 Don't know 2 1473 End of Section
. Missing 4166 5639

RXD331Q - # of pills/doses taken/day

Variable Name:
RXD331Q
SAS Label:
# of pills/doses taken/day
English Text:
On average, how many pills or doses of {PRODUCT NAME} {do you/does SP} take in a single day?
English Instructions:
ENTER NUMBER (OF PILLS OR DOSES)
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 to 15 Range of Values 929 929
7777 Refused 0 929
9999 Don't know 0 929
. Missing 4710 5639

RXD331U - Unit of measure (pills/doses)

Variable Name:
RXD331U
SAS Label:
Unit of measure (pills/doses)
English Text:
UNIT OF MEASURE
English Instructions:
ENTER UNIT
Target:
Both males and females 20 YEARS - 150 YEARS
Code or Value Value Description Count Cumulative Skip to Item
1 Pills 893 893
2 Doses 36 929
7 Refused 0 929
9 Don't know 0 929
. Missing 4710 5639

Appendix. Hand card used by NHANES interviewers

DSQ

Aspirin – also buffered aspirin products such as Anacin, Bayer, Bufferin, Midol, Ascripton, Ecotrin, Pabrin, and Alka Seltzer

Tylenol – also other acetaminophen products, including sinus products such as Anacin-3, Dristan AF, and Comtrex

Ibuprofen – also Advil, Nuprin, Motrin IB (including cold and sinus products containing ibuprofen)

Excedrin

Vanquish

Feldene

Voltarin

Clinoril

Indocin

Naprosyn- also Aleve

Tolectin