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QuickStats: Percentage of Persons with Activity Limitation Caused by a Chronic Condition,* by Poverty Level Status and Race/Ethnicity --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006

Percentage of Persons with Activity Limitation Caused by a Chronic
Condition,* by Poverty Level Status and Race/Ethnicity  National Health
Interview Survey, United States, 2006

* Activity limitation was determined by responses to a series of questions regarding 1) limitations in a person's ability to engage in work, school, play, or other activities because of health reasons; 2) specific conditions causing the limitations; and 3) the duration of the conditions. Those conditions lasting >3 months were classified as chronic; selected conditions (e.g., arthritis, diabetes, cancer, heart conditions) were considered chronic regardless of duration.

Estimates were based on family interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and age-adjusted to the 2000 standard population using six age groups: <18 years, 18--44 years, 45--54 years, 55--64 years, 65--74 years, and >75 years.

§ Poverty level is based on family size and income.

95% confidence interval.

In 2006, persons with lower family incomes were more likely to report activity limitation because of a chronic condition than persons with higher family incomes. Among persons at the lowest income level, non-Hispanic whites (25.7%) were more likely to report limitations than non-Hispanic blacks (22.5%) and Hispanics (15.7%).

SOURCES: National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2007 with chartbook on trends in the health of Americans. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2007. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus.htm.

Adams PF, Lucas JW, Barnes PM. Summary health statistics for the U.S. population: National Health Interview Survey, 2006. Vital Health Stat 2008 10(236). Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_236.pdf.



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