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The National Health Interview Survey - Child Complementary and Alternative Medicine Supplement 


The Child Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) supplement of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) was conducted in 2007 and 2012 by National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.

The 2012 CAM supplement collected information about non-conventional health services, products, and practices commonly used in the United States among a randomly selected sample of children 4-17 years. The 2012 Child CAM Supplement collected information on use of CAM modalities, insurance coverage and out-of-pocket cost for visits to CAM providers, classes or trainings, reasons for and benefits of CAM use, conventional medical care use for children who used CAM therapies for specific conditions, disclosure of CAM use to health care providers, and sources of information about CAM.


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The CAHMI website provides data from the 2012 NHIS Child CAM Supplement, linked to NHIS Family and Sample Child datasets, to produce the child-level national and Census regions data findings. Data can be further refined to assess differences by the US region, race/ethnicity, income, child’s health and condition status and health services use.


NHIS-CAM supplement at a glance

Survey Design and Sponsorship National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (formerly NCCAM) and National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control
Data Collection National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control
Geographic areas Nationwide, 4 regions (Midwest, South, Northeast, West)
Periodicity Administered once in 2007 and once in 2012 as a supplement to the NHIS
Population sampled For 2007: Non-institutionalized children in the US ages 0-17 years;
For 2012: Non-institutionalized children in the US ages 4-17 years
Sample size range  For 2007: Around 10,000 children; For 2012: Around 8,000 children
Representative  For 2007: Weighted to be representative of the US population of non-institutionalized children ages 0-17;
For 2012: Weighted to be representative of the US population of non-institutionalized children ages 4-17  
Topics Complementary and alternative medicine use among children in the US; questions include 34 specific CAM modalities, insurance coverage and out-of-pocket cost for visits to CAM practitioners, providers, classes or trainings, reasons for and benefits of CAM use