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Onset of condition causing need for help bathing

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For sample persons who need help with bathing or showering due to a disability or health problem, LABATHONSET reports the length of time since the onset of the condition which causes the need for help with this activity.

This variable is part of a series of variables related to the difficulty of doing various activities due to a physical/mental condition, the use of help from others to carry on such activities, and the number of years this difficulty has persisted. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1977: Persons who need help with bathing because of a disability or health problem.


  • 1977