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AOCBC-12 Reduce activity limitation due to chronic back conditions

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Health Interview Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
No
Measure: 
per 1,000 (age adjusted—see Comments)
Baseline (Year): 
30.7 (2008)
Target: 
27.6
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement
Numerator: 

Number of adults aged 18 years and over with limitation in activity due to chronic back or neck problems

Denominator: 

Number of adults aged 18 years and over

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2008 National Health Interview Survey:

    [NUMERATOR:]

    Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem, {do/does} [PERSON] need the help of other persons with personal care needs, such as eating, bathing, dressing, or getting around inside this home?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    [If yes:]

    {Do/Does} [PERSON] need the help of other persons with

    • bathing?
    • dressing?
    • eating?
    • getting in or out of bed or chairs?
    • using the toilet, including getting to the toilet?
    • getting around inside the house?

    Because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem {do/does} [PERSON] need the help of other persons in handling routine needs, such as everyday household chores, doing necessary business, shopping, or getting around for other purposes?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    Does the physical, mental, or emotional problem keep [PERSON] from working at a job or business?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    {Are/(Other than the persons mentioned are) any of these family members} [PERSON 18+] limited in the kind OR amount of work {you/they} can do because of a physical, mental, or emotional problem?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    Because of a health problem, {do/does} {you/anyone} in the family walking without using any special equipment?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    {Are/Is} {you/anyone} in the family limited in any way in any activities because of difficulty remembering or because {you/they} experience periods of confusion?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Refused
    4. Don't know

    What conditions or health problems cause [PERSON] limitations? [Response categories include: Back or neck problem causes limitation]

    How long have you had a back or neck problem?

    • 01-94
    • 95+
    • Since birth
    • Refused
    • Don't know

    Enter time period for time with back or neck problem.

    1. Day
    2. Week(s)
    3. Month(s)
    4. Year
    5. Since Birth
    6. Refused
    7. Don't Know
Data Collection Frequency: 
Annual
Methodology Notes: 

    The condition is considered “chronic” if it has lasted 3 months or more.

    Persons are considered limited in activity if they respond “yes” to any of the activity limitation questions: personal care needs; routine needs; or physical, mental, or emotional problems that preclude working or limit the kind or amount of work that can be done.

    Age Adjustment Notes: 

    This Indicator uses Age-Adjustment Groups:

    • Total: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Sex: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Race/Ethnicity: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Educational Attainment: 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Family Income (percent poverty threshold): 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Family Type: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Country of Birth: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Geographic Location: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Health Insurance Status: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64
    • Sexual Orientation: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
    • Marital Status: 18-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-64, 65+
Caveats and Limitations: 
The estimate for chronic back conditions includes neck problems because of the way the questionnaire was worded.
Trend Issues: 
Beginning with 2018, the American Community Survey questions are no longer available in the NHIS. As a result, tabulated data by disability are discontinued after 2017.