Codes and Frequencies
For persons age 18+ who have at least one activity limitation (LANY), and for whom an "other injury" (non-fracture/bone/joint injury) was reported as a condition causing any activity limitation (CLIMOTHINJ), CLIMOTHINJMO reports the duration, in months, of the other injury.
In 1997-2003, data on the duration of the limiting other injury were collected via the question, "How long [have/has] [you/person] had [an 'other injury']?" In 2004 forward, the question wording changed slightly, with interviewers asking, "How long [have you/has person] had the other injury that caused [your/his/her] limitation?" In both time periods, respondents could answer the question using the time unit of their choice (i.e., days, weeks, months, or years). The original responses to these questions are reported in two complementary variables, CLIMOTHINJTP (which specifies the time unit) and CLIMOTHINJNO (which reports the number of such units). For the NHIS public use files, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) recoded the results from these two variables to create two other variables using standard time units: years (CLIMOTHINJY) and groups of months (CLIMOTHINJMO).
Apart from a change in the coding of "unknown" cases, this variable is comparable across years.
All "unknown" cases for this variable share a common first digit of "9." The meaning of the second digit following the 9 differs for 2001 versus 2002 forward. In the earlier period, the "unknowns" were categorized as:
- Unknown number of days (IPUMS NHIS code 91)
- Unknown number of weeks (IHIS code 92)
- Unknown number of months (IHIS code 93)
- Unknown number of years (IHIS code 94)
- Unknown time with condition (IHIS code 95)
In the latter period, "unknowns" were categorized as:
- Unknown-refused (IHIS code 97)
- Unknown-not ascertained (IHIS code 98)
- Unknown-don't know (IHIS code 99)
Analysts can achieve comparability across all years by combining codes with a common first digit of 9 into a single "unknown" category.
As noted above, there were slight differences in the wording of the question associated with CLIMOTHINJMO between 1997-2003 and 2004 forward; however, the substantive meaning of the two questions remained the same.
- 1997-2013; 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018: Persons age 18+ limited due to other (not fracture/bone/joint) injury.
- 1997-2018 : PERWEIGHT