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Now needs, doesn't receive physical therapy

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For persons with disabilities age 3 and older who are not currently receiving any physical therapy services, PTHERNEEDS reports whether the person needs physical therapy.

PTHERNEEDS was first introduced in 1977 as part of a supplement on disability. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function or drop-down menus.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 1977: Disabled persons age 3+ who did not receive physical therapy in the past 12 months or who received physical therapy in the past 12 months but are not receiving it now.


  • 1977