This measure identifies people who need the help of others to address personal care needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing or getting around inside their home.
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Percentage of People with at Least One Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Limitation
A dichotomous measure of activities of daily living (ADL) limitations was taken from the NHIS indicating whether or not a person needed the help of other persons with personal care needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside the home, because of physical, mental, or emotional problem(s). This variable had the following categories: Yes or No.
Numerator: All persons 3 years of age or older who need the help of other persons with personal care needs.
Denominator: The population aged 3 years and older living in households.
Inclusion Criteria: This measure was asked of all persons aged three years of age and older.
Exclusion Criteria: All persons aged two years and younger were excluded from this measure.
Missing data: Data for all race categories are not statistically reliable for all years; therefore, some categories are missing in some years.
This measure is calculated by the Division of Health Interview Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics from the National Health Interview Survey.