POLPBAGEB is a 2-digit numeric variable.
00: Not in Universe
85: 85+ years old
99: Unknown, not ascertained
For persons aged 18+ who were diagnosed with polio and who reported having a period when they were at their "physical best" after the diagnosis, POLPBAGEB reports the person's age when the period when they were at their physical best began. This variable should be used in conjunction with POLPBAGEE, which reports the person's age when the period when they were at their "physical best" ended. Physical best means the period when the person had the greatest strength and endurance and were in the best condition to carry on the various activities of daily living such as working, housework, walking, driving, dressing, bathing, and so forth.
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 have ever been diagnosed with polio and who have ever had a period of best physical health after having polio.
- No weights are available for this variable. Please refer to Description for more information.