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Balance problem affects: Going outside to shop

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For sample adults who have a dizziness or balance problem which prevents them from doing things, BALEFSHOP indicates whether the balance or dizziness problem caused them to change or cut back on shopping, movies, sporting or other events. The questionnaire included the instructions, "Do not include times when drinking alcohol." The interviewers were also instructed to mark "No" for respondents unable to do the activities for reasons other than balance. The Manual provides the example that if the respondent missed work in the previous week because of a back problem unrelated to the balance problem, then the interviewer should mark "no" (IPUMS NHIS "2") for this question.

In 2008, this variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.


The supplement consisted of a total 205 questions (some of which were only asked based on a previous response).
For a further description of the Supplement as well as a full list of the balance related topics and additional variables, see BALDIZYR

Related Variables

Many other variables related to changes in participation (or cutting back) in activities due to balance problems, are included in the 2008 Supplement.


These include:

  • bathing, dressing, eating, or using the toilet themselves (BALEFADL)
  • walking or climbing up 10 steps without resting (BALEFUSTAIR)
  • social activities such as visiting friends, attending clubs and meetings, or going to parties (BALEFSOCIAL)
  • riding in a car, bus, airplane, boat or train (BALEFRIDE)


BALEFSHOP has no comparability issues.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ whose dizziness or balance problems prevent them from doing things.


  • 2008