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  • Survey: 2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health
  • Starting Point: Child and Family Health Measures
  • State/Region: Nationwide (quick edit)
  • Topic: Health Care Access and Quality
  • Question: Indicator 4.20: Frustrated in efforts to get services
  • Sub Group: Special health care needs status

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Indicator 4.20: During the past 12 months, how often were you frustrated in your efforts to get services for this child?
Never frustratedSometimes frustratedUsually or always frustratedTotal %
Children with special health care needs (CSHCN)%64.628.27.2100.0
C.I.62.7 - 66.426.4 - 30.06.3 - 8.2
Sample Count11,0474,251910
Pop. Est.8,801,4263,837,367985,675
C.I.86.4 - 87.910.7 - 12.11.2 - 1.7
Sample Count49,2925,316523
Pop. Est.51,559,1746,714,720847,956

C.I. = 95% Confidence Interval.
Percentages and population estimates (Pop.Est.) are weighted to represent child population in US.

DATA ALERT: CSHCN Status is determined using a validated instrument for identification of children with special health care needs as defined by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The CSHCN Screener asks whether a child currently experiences a health consequence and, if so, whether that specific health consequence is due to a medical, behavioral, or other type of health condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, 12 months or longer. For more information, email

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Required citation: Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. 2016-2017 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) data query. Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health supported by Cooperative Agreement U59MC27866 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA MCHB). Retrieved [mm/dd/yy] from CAHMI: