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Has serious difficulty concentrating or remembering: Yes or no (person)

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DISCONP indicates whether the respondent had serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions, because of a physical, mental, or emotional condition.

There are six disability questions in the test file that comprised one component of a larger testing effort to develop and adopt a standard set of disability questions to be used with multiple surveys across multiple countries. For more information, please refer to the User Note for disability.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IPUMS NHIS weights.


  • 2008: Persons age 5+ in quarter 4 who received the family disability test questions (person administration)
  • 2009: Persons age 5+ who received the family disability test questions (person administration).
  • 2010: Persons age 5+ who received the Family Disability (FDB) section (and not the quality of life supplement).
  • 2011-2017: Persons age 5+ who were randomly selected to receive the disability questions (random number generator=2)


  • 2008-2017