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WALKDIF5BL1
Amount of difficulty walking 5 blocks on level ground

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Description

For sample adults age 18 and older who do not use a wheelchair or scooter, WALKDIF5BL1 reports the level of difficulty she/he faces (if any) when walking without the use of aids for a third of a mile on level ground (which is equivalent to the length of five football fields or five city blocks).

This variable was first introduced in 2010 as part of the Quality of Life supplement. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function or drop-down menus.

Comparability

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. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.

Universe

  • 2010: One quarter of sample adults, included in quality of life supplement (and excluded from family disability supplement), who do not use equipment or receive help with walking, climbing steps, or moving around (or for whom this was unknown) or who use equipment or receive help but do not use a wheelchair, and who have no difficulty, some difficulty, a lot of difficulty, or an unknown amount of difficulty walking 100 yards on level ground without the use of their aid.
  • 2011-2017: Sample adults 18+ who did not use a wheelchair or scooter AND they had no difficulty, some difficulty, a lot of difficulty walking 100 yards on level ground (without the use of an aid), or refused to answer or didn't know if they had difficulty walking 100 yards on level ground (without the use of an aid).

Availability

  • 2010-2017

Weights