Codes and Frequencies
For sample persons over age 18, this variable indicates if the respondent ever had "shortness of breath." The condition was respondent-defined and did not have to be diagnosed by a doctor or health professional.
Interviewers asked respondents to report if they EVER had any of the 25 conditions, and respondents could indicate yes or no for as many as conditions necessary, but could not specify any "other" condition. (If the sample person reported a condition other than the one being asked about, interviewers re-asked the question to emphasize that they were only interested in the conditions listed on the survey).
This condition was one of 25 health conditions included in the Alcohol and Health Practices module in the 1983 supplement. The Field Representative's Manual mentioned that the conditions included in the inquiry were those that were some of the most common conditions that "may be related in some way....to smoking, alcohol use, or other health practices."
- 1983: Sample persons age 18+.
- 1983 : SUPP1WT