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Have difficulty getting in or out of bed or chairs: Yes or no

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LABEDYN reports if, due to a health or physical problem, the person has difficulty getting in and out of bed and/or chairs. Please refer to the comparability tab for changes in the universe of persons captured in this variable.


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 is a great deal of change in the ages of persons included in the universe for this variable over time. Additionally, 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. Please refer to the universe tab for more detail about changes in the universe, and refer to the weights tab for the appropriate weight to use in each year.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+.
  • 1986: Persons age 65+.
  • 1991: Sample persons age 18+.
  • 1994-1995: Persons in the NHIS-D Phase I sample aged 5+ who reported no help, reminding, someone close by, or special equipment for activities of daily living (ADLs).


  • 1984, 1986, 1991, 1994-1995