ERIC Number: ED403710
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Health Conditions and Impairments Causing Disability. Disabililty Statistics Abstract, Number 16.
LaPlante, Mitchell P.
This statistical digest presents data on the prevalence of disabling conditions among the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States. Data were obtained from the National Health Interview Survey, consisting of 49,401 household interviews with 128,412 people in 1992. Disability is defined as a limitation in social or other activity that is caused by a chronic mental or physical disorder, injury, or impairment. The digest concludes that approximately 38 million Americans report a total of 61 million disabling conditions. It notes that heart disease and back problems are the two most common causes of disability and that injuries cause 13.4 percent of all disabling conditions. The text reports on the classification method used, which distinguishes among impairments, disorders, and injuries. Table 1 lists conditions causing disability by the broad categories of the International Classification of Diseases. Table 2 lists the most common health conditions and impairments that cause activity limitation. (DB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., San Francisco. Inst. for Health and Aging.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Health Interview Survey