Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults who have had symptoms of dizziness in the past 12 months (BALDIZYR), or at least one balance problem (BALSYMPTNO), and for sample children (beginning in 2012) who have had episodes of balance or dizziness problems in the past 12 months, BALFPREV indicates whether the balance or dizziness problem prevents the person in any way from doing things he or she would otherwise do.
For sample adults, the questionnaire included the instructions, "Do not include times when drinking alcohol." The interviewers were also instructed to mark "No" for persons unable to do the activities for reasons other than balance. The Manual provides the example that if the person missed work the previous week because of a back problem unrelated to the balance problem, then the interviewer should mark "no."
This variable was part of the Sample Adult and Sample Child Balance Supplements, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Please view the Universe tab for information on universe changes over time for this variable; other than universe changes this variable is largely comparable over time.
- 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who have had symptoms of dizziness or at least one balance problem.
- 2012: Sample children 3+ who have had episodes of balance or dizziness in the past 12 months
- 2016: Sample adults 18+ who have ever had a problem with dizziness or balance and have had a problem with dizziness or balance in the past 12 months OR sample adults who have ever reported having a symptom of at least one specific dizziness or balance problem in the past 12 months; and sample children 3+ who have had episodes of balance or dizziness in the past 12 months.
- 2008, 2012, 2016
- 2008, 2012, 2016 : SAMPWEIGHT