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Balance problem: Difficulty with escalator

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For sample adults, BALPESCALAT indicates whether the person experienced any difficulty riding an escalator or moving walkway in the last 12 months. The questionnaire included the instructions, "Do not include times when drinking alcohol" and the interviewers were also instructed to mark "No" if the person experienced this problem "for reasons OTHER than dizziness or balance." Examples given to respondents included "persons who are in a wheelchair, are deaf, blind, don't have a driver's license, etc."

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


BALPESCALAT has no comparability issues.


  • 2008;2016: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2008, 2016