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Amount of difficulty walking or climbing steps

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For sample adults age 18 and older, LAWALKCLIMDIF reports the level of difficulty she/he faces when walking or climbing steps.

This variable was first introduced in 2010 as part of the Quality of Life supplement. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function or 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.


  • 2010: One quarter of sample adults, included in quality of life supplement (and excluded from family disability supplement).
  • 2011: Sample adults 18+ who were selected to receive the Family Disability questions (FDB).
  • 2012-2017: Sample adults 18+ who were asked the family disability questions (FDB) and were randomly selected to receive the Functioning and Disability (AFD) section


  • 2010-2017