POLABPLBS is a 3-digit numeric variable with no implied decimals.
0: Not in universe
998: Unknown - not ascertained
999: Unknown - refused
For persons aged 18+ who were diagnosed with polio, who reported having a period of best physical health after having polio, and whose weight changed after the period of best physical health ended, POLABPLBS reports the amount of weight, in pounds, that the person gained or lost after his/her period of best physical health ended.
This variable is part of the Polio supplement in 1994-1995, which collected additional information on the symptoms and impact of the illness at the time of initial diagnosis of polio and at various times after the diagnosis. This includes questions on periods of rehabilitation, post-polio syndrome, times when respondents felt they were at their "physical best", and other health problems experienced. Whenever possible, self-response by the polio survivor was required for this supplement. Users should note that because of the small sample sizes, many single year estimates will not be reliable and variance estimators will be unstable. It is recommended that separate year analyses not be done.
- 1994-1995: Persons aged 18+ who were diagnosed with polio, who reported having a period of best physical health after the diagnosis, and whose weight changed since the time of best physical health.
- No weights are available for this variable. Please refer to Description for more information.