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Doctor asked about difficulty with self care, last physical exam

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For sample persons aged 65 and over who have had a routine check-up, MDSELFCASK reports whether, during the last check-up, the doctor asked the respondent if he or she had difficulty taking care of himself or herself, including dressing, using the toilet, bathing, eating, or getting around inside the home without help.

MDSELFCASK is one of a series of variables dealing with doctor advice. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


There are changes in the sampling universe between years, so researchers should use caution in making comparisons over time. Please refer to the Universe Tab for detailed information. Apart from this change in universe, there are no comparability issues.


  • 1991: Sample persons age 65+ who have had a routine check-up.
  • 1994: Half of sample adults age 65+ (excluded from AIDS supplement) who had a general physical checkup less than 3 years ago.


  • 1991, 1994