Years Available
Mode of Collection
Sample Survey: self-administered paper-and-pencil questionnaire.
Historically until 2018, MEPS-HC collected information about receipt of preventive care services through its core questionnaire for which one household respondent typically provides information for household members. During Panel 18 Round 5 of the 2014 MEPS-HC, it fielded a paper-and-pencil questionnaire called the Preventive Care Self-Administered Questionnaire (PSAQ) in which each respondent provided information for himself or herself. This pilot survey was designed to collect a variety of person-level preventive care data for a sample of adults age 35 and older. In alternate years beginning 2018, these questions were incorporated into the standard MEPS Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ).
Selected Content
Physician counseling on preventive behaviors (e.g., weight management, alcohol and tobacco use, depression, blood pressure, cholesterol). Preventive medical screenings (e.g., mammogram, colorectal screenings, PSA, Pap). Immunizations.
Population Covered
U.S. Civilian noninstitutionalized population
The PSAQ study sample was selected from among those Panel 18 respondents who were in in-scope for MEPS on December 31, 2013; received a MEPS 2013 full year person-level weight; and were at least 35 years of age on January 1, 2015. There were two separate questionnaires, one for males and another for females. Overall, females had a higher response rate (83.4 percent), compared to their male counterparts (75.0 percent). There were 2,185 PSAQ respondents receiving a sample weight. Summing the weights assigned to these respondents yields the total 170,400,202, an estimate of those 35 years or older in the civilian, noninstitutionalized population on January 1, 2015.