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Chronic or acute condition causes need for help using toilet

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For sample persons who need help with using toilet due to a disability or health problem, LATOILTCHRON reports whether a chronic or acute condition causes the need for help with this activity.

This variable was introduced in 1977 as 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 using the toilet because of a disability or health problem.


  • 1977