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Need help with device to control bowels or urination

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For sample persons who use a device to control bowel movements or urination, LABMUREQNHLP reports if she/he needs help using the device. Examples of such devices include a colostomy and a urinary catheter.

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.


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 IHIS weights.


  • 1979-1980: Persons who have a colostomy, a urinary catheter, or other device to help control bowel movements or urination.


  • 1979-1980