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Year time missed from work or school because balance: Number units


BALWKLOSTNO is a 3-digit-numeric variable.

996: Not in Universe
997: Unknown-refused
998: Unknown-not ascertained
999: Unknown-don't know


For sample adults who missed work or school because of dizziness or balance problem, BALWKLOSTNO indicates the total life time number of days, weeks, months or years missed from work school due to the balance or dizziness problem.

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 and a list of topics included in it, see BALDIZYR

Related Variables

Many other variables which indicate 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)
  • standing or being on their feet for 30 minutes or longer (BALEFSTAND)
  • shopping, movies, sporting or other events (BALEFSHOP)
  • riding in a car, bus, airplane, boat or train (BALEFRIDE)


BALWKLOSTNO is only available for 2008.


  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ who missed work or school because of dizziness or balance problems.


  • 2008