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Balance problem: Muscle weakness affecting walking

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For all sample adults, BALPMUSWK indicates whether the respondent had muscle weakness that affected walking in the last 12 months. The questionnaire included the instructions, "Do not include times when drinking alcohol." The interviewers were also instructed to mark "No" if the respondent reported they were unable to walk "... for reasons OTHER than dizziness or balance ... Examples include respondents who are in a wheelchair, are deaf, blind, don't have a driver's license, etc."

In 2008, the question for 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). A summary of the topics included in the supplement is provided under BALDIZYR

Many other variables related to BALPMUSWK, such as those specifying problems, difficulties or fears related to balance, are included in the 2008 Supplement.


These include:

  • Difficulty walking wearing glassesBALPLENS

Other variables of interest may include those found under:

  • symptoms of dizziness or balance problems (see BALSFAINT


  • age and frequency of the most bothersome balance or dizziness problem (see BALSAGE1ST


  • triggers of the most bothersome balance or dizziness problem (see BALTRIGTURN



BALPMUSWK has no comparability issues.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2008