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4326.0.30.002 - Technical Manual: National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Confidentialised Unit Record Files, 2007 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Using the CURF microdata >> MULTIPLE RESPONSE ITEMS

MULTIPLE RESPONSE ITEMS

There are a number of data items on the Basic and Expanded CURFs that contain multiple responses. This means that the person being interviewed was able to select one or more response categories for these items. Multiple response items are indicated on the data item list.

On the CURF, each response category for the multiple response questions is treated as a separate data item. Each data item therefore has a response of either:

  • Not applicable; or
  • Yes.

A 'Not applicable' response has a code of '0' indicating that the response category does not apply for the respondent. A 'Yes' response has a code greater than '0' indicating a positive response for that category.

An example of a multiple response item is the question on the 'Type of health problem causing embarrassment related to social or performance situation' (HPSOCFR), which has eight response categories. From these categories eight separate data items have been produced - HPSOCFRA, HPSOCFRB, HPSOCFRC...HPSOCFRH.

4. TYPE OF HEALTH PROBLEM CAUSING EMBARRASSMENT RELATED TO SOCIAL OR PERFORMANCE SITUATION

Response category Data item Data item response

Mental health problem HPSOCFRA Not applicable (0), Yes (1)
Alcohol or drug problem HPSOCFRB Not applicable (0), Yes (2)
Speech, vision or hearing problem HPSOCFRC Not applicable (0), Yes (3)
Movement or coordination problem HPSOCFRD Not applicable (0), Yes (4)
Facial/body disfigurement or weight/body image problem HPSOCFRE Not applicable (0), Yes (5)
Bad odour or sweating HPSOCFRF Not applicable (0), Yes (6)
Pregnancy HPSOCFRG Not applicable (0), Yes (7)
Other physical health problem HPSOCFRH Not applicable (0), Yes (8)
Not known HPSOCFRI Not applicable (0), Yes (98)
Refusal HPSOCFRJ Not applicable (0), Yes (99)
Not applicable HPSOCFRK Not applicable (0), Yes (97)


The special codes for 'Not applicable', 'Not known' and 'Refusal' are provided in the data item list (eg values of 97, 98 and 99). For derived items, these codes each have their own separate data item category. Using the example above, these special codes would be HPSOCFRI, HPSOCFRJ and HPSOCFRK. For non-derived items (eg D23A) the special codes will be placed within the first data item created (eg D23AA).


Subsequent questions relying on multi-response items

Multi-response items in the Medications, Substance Use and Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) modules used a different system to code the multiple response items. This meant that depending on the responses provided to an initial question, the responses for subsequent questions were allocated to a certain position.

An example of these linked questions in the Medications module is MEDCD, where respondents could provide up to five responses (ie medications) to the question on 'Mental health medications used in past 2 weeks'. The subsequent A to E responses provided for the following items relate back to the number of medications provided in the initial question:

  • Length of time taking medication for mental health (ME6A--ME6E); and
  • Whether usually took medication according to the recommended dose in past two weeks (ME7A--ME7E).

For example, if Citalopram was reported at MEDCDA then the length of time the respondent had been taking Citalopram would be reported at ME6A, and whether the Citalopram was taken according to recommendation would be reported at ME7A. Similarly, responses at ME6B and ME7B would be in relation to the medication reported at MEDCDB.

5. MULTI-RESPONSE DATA ITEMS

Data item label
Data item name

Mini-Mental State Examination

Whether remembered the words Ball/Car/ Man (immediate recall)
MM3
Whether could subtract 7s
MM4
Whether remembered the words Ball/Car/ Man (delayed recall)
MM6

Substance Use disorders

Whether able to follow instructions - take paper, fold in half, place on floor
MM13
Whether used drugs of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids caused problems with family, friends or others
SU65A1A
Whether continued using drugs of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids caused problems with people
SU65B1A
Whether continued using drugs of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids jeopardised safety
SU65C1A
Whether continued using drugs of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids resulted in problems with police
SU65D1A
Whether used drugs of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids interfered with work
SU65_1A
Whether had strong desire using marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids that one could not resist them
SU721_A
Whether needed to use more marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids than used to, in order to get high
SU72A1A
Whether experienced symptoms when stopped using marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids
SU72B1A
Whether used marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids from having problems
SU72C1A
Whether used marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids though promised not to
SU72D1A
Whether used marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids more frequently than intended
SU72E1A
Whether not able to stop using marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids
SU72F1A
Whether spent much time using marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids that had little time for anything else
SU72G1A
Whether reduced important activities because of using marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids
SU72H1A
Whether continued using marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids knowing one had a problem
SU72I1A
How much has physical health been harmed by use of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids during the past 12 months
SU86A_1
How much has family been hurt by use of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids during the past 12 months
SU86B_1
How much have done impulsive things by use of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids during the past 12 months
SU86C_1
How much has failed to do what was expected by use of marijuana, stimulants, sedatives or opioids during the past 12 months
SU86D_1
Substance Use section - Interviewer checkpoint (see SU86 series)
SU86G
Number of days unable to work in the past 12 months - Drug Use
SU86G1

Medications

Mental health medications used in past 2 weeks
MEDCD
Length of time taking medication for mental health
ME6
Whether usually took medication according to the recommended dose, in past 2 weeks
ME7






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