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IADL: without help or supervision how much difficulty doing heavy work around house

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For persons ages 18 and older in the National Health Interview Survey-Disability Survey (NHIS-D) Phase I sample who get help and/or supervision with doing heavy work around the house, like scrubbing floors, washing windows, and doing heavy yard work, DPIADL5DIFFYH reports how much difficulty the person has performing this activity with help or supervision: no difficulty, some, a lot, or completely unable.

This variable is part of the Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) in 1994 and 1995 that collects information on disability. NHIS-D included two household interviews: in Phase I all members of sample families were screened for any indication of disability; in Phase II persons with any indication of disability were followed-up for additional information. Phase I includes sensory, communication, and mobility problems; health conditions; activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living; functional limitations; mental health; services and benefits; special health needs of children; early child development; education; relationship to respondent; and perceived disability. Phase II includes four Disability Followback Survey (DFS) questionnaires: one for children, one for adults, one for elderly persons (69 years of age and over) without any indication of disability (also called the Supplement on Aging or SOA; only in 1994), and one for persons with a history of polio.

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There are no comparability issues.


  • 1994-1995: Persons age 18+ in the NHIS-D Phase I sample who get help and/or supervision for doing heavy housework.


  • 1994-1995