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IADL: how much difficulty doing light work around the 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 for 1 or more instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, and have any difficulty doing light work around the house, DPIADL6DIFFH indicates how much difficulty the person has with doing light work around the house: some, a lot, or unable.


In 1994 and 1995, this variable is part of the Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) 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.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1994-1995: Persons age 18+ in the NHIS-D Phase I sample who got help or supervision for 1 or more instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), who reported difficulty with doing light housework.


  • 1994-1995