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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged >25 Years with Limitation of Activity Caused by One or More Chronic Conditions,* by Education Level and Sex --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006

Percentage of Adults Aged >25 Years with Limitation of Activity Caused by One or More Chronic Conditions,* by Education Level and Sex  National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006

* Limitation in usual activity is determined from responses to a series of questions about limitations in a person's ability to engage in work, school, play, or other activities for health reasons; the specific conditions causing the limitations; and the duration of these conditions. Conditions lasting >3 months are classified as chronic; selected conditions (e.g., arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and heart conditions) are considered chronic regardless of duration.

Estimates are age adjusted using the projected 2000 U.S. population as the standard population and using four age groups: 25--44 years, 45--64 years, 65--74 years, and >75 years. Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population. Persons who did not know whether they had a limitation and those with a limitation who did not know whether the condition causing the limitation was chronic were excluded from the denominators.

§ General Educational Development.

In 2006, persons who had less than a high school diploma were more than twice as likely as persons who had a bachelor's degree or higher to be limited in their usual activities because of one or more chronic conditions. At lower education levels (less than a high school diploma or a high school or GED diploma), women were more likely than men to be limited in usual activities. At higher education levels, no significant difference in limitation was observed between men and women.

SOURCES: 2006 National Health Interview Survey. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.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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