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Type of help needed for breathing problems when first diagnosed with polio: Hand-held device

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For persons aged 18+ who had breathing problems when they were first diagnosed with polio and who needed help with their breathing problems, POLBRTHHD reports if the person needed occasional assistance with a hand-held device for the breathing problem.

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.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1994-1995: Persons aged 18+ who have ever been diagnosed with polio, who had breathing problems when they were first diagnosed with polio, and who needed help with their breathing problems.


  • 1994-1995


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