Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults age 18 and older who use equipment or receive help for getting around but do not use a wheelchair or scooter, WALKDIF1BL2 reports the level of difficulty she/he faces (if any) when walking 100 yards on level ground (which is equivalent to the length of one football field or one city block) using her/his aids.
This variable was first introduced in 2010 as part of the Quality of Life supplement and was included in that supplement through 2017. Beginning in 2018, this item was included on the sample adult questionnaire. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function or drop-down menus.
Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. Beginning in 2018, this item was included on the sample adult questionnaire. As always, data users should use the prescribed IPUMS NHIS weights.
- 2010: Sample adults who were selected to receive the Quality of Life (QOL) Supplement (approximately 1/4 of sample adults) who use equipment or receive help with walking, climbing steps, or moving around but do not use a wheelchair.
- 2011-2017: Sample adults who received the family disability questions (FDBs), were selected to receive the Adult Functioning and Disability (AFD) Supplement (approximately 1/2 of sample adults), and used special equipment or received help with getting around AND did not use a wheelchair or scooter.
- 2018: Sample adults aged 18 and older who use equipment or receive help for getting around but do not use a wheelchair or scooter.