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How difficult to use the toilet

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LATOILTDIFF reports the amount of difficulty the person faces when using or getting to the toilet.


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.


Changes in the universe and response categories will reduce comparability over time. See the universe and codes tabs for details.


  • 1984: Sample persons age 55+ who have difficulty using the toilet.
  • 1986: Persons age 65+ who have difficulty using the toilet
  • 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) and also reported difficulty with using or getting to the toilet .
  • 1998: Sample adults age 65+.


  • 1984, 1986, 1994-1995, 1998