APPENDIX. Variable List, Codes, and Weighted Prevalence Estimates for 1994

Variable DefinitionNHIS Variable Name (Code*)Estimated Population
I. Variables Used to Identify Use of Elevated Service
Uses special equipment
Uses equipment for visual aidSEEEQUIP  (2)24 066
Has hearing aidHEARAID  (1)109 551
Uses equipment for hearing assistanceHEAREQPM  (2)38 459
Uses mobility aidsMOBAIDS  (1)204 787
Used/expected to use brace for 12 moBRACE12  (1)166 806
Uses artificial limbARTFLIMB  (1–4)15 084
Had/expected to have breathing equipment for 12 moBRTHEQ12  (1)858 041
Uses special equipment to do any ADLsEQUIPADL  (1)60 149
Needs equipment for toileting or eatingTLTEAT12  (1)18 613
Receives personal assistance in activities of daily living
Unable to perform personal careADL  (1,2)262 119
Gets help bathingHELPBATH  (1)237 020
Gets help dressingHLPDRESS  (1)236 908
Gets help eatingHELPEAT  (1)102 872
Gets help getting in/out of bed/chairHLPCHAIR  (1)63 237
Gets help using toiletHLPTOILT  (1)137 197
Gets help getting around inside homeHLPINSID  (1)55 038
Needs reminder to do any ADLsREMADL  (1)282 619
Elevated service use
Condition requires regular doctor visits that have lasted/will last 12 moCNDR12M  (1)3 444 607
Condition requires prescription medications that have lasted/will last 12 moRXREG12  (1)2 139 004
Condition requires overnite hospital that has lasted/will last 12 moHSPCN12M  (1)1 265 308
Counseling that has lasted/will last 12 moCOUNSLRR  (1)1 039 256
Condition requires physical therapy that has lasted/will last 12 moPHYTX212  (1)455 627
Condition requires occupational therapy that has lasted/will last 12 moOCCTX212  (1)355 060
Condition requires other procedures that have lasted/will last 12 moOTPRC12M  (1)504 629
Follows special diet ordered by doctorSPECDIET  (1)510 083
Receives special education or early intervention
Had/will have problem requiring no school for 12 moPROB12M  (1)13 451
Now receiving special education servicesSPECED  (1)3 052 454
Attends special school or classes LASCH  (2)1 874 820
Has an individualized education planIEP  (1)2 140 780
Attends a special school or day campSPECSCH  (1)551 378
Receives early intervention servicesEIS  (1)90 386
Has individual family service planFAMSERV  (1)68 864
Attends special school or day camp (under 2)SPSCUND2  (1)55 417
II. Variables Used to Identify Presumed Special Health Care Needs
Vision or hearing difficulties
Legally blindLEGBLIND  (1)81 240
Seeing difficultiesSEEDIF12  (1)168 319
Hearing difficultiesHEARDF12  (1)346 247
Functional limitations
Has difficulty bathingDIFBATH  (1)0
Has difficulty dressingDIFDRESS  (1)5769
Has difficulty eatingDIFEAT  (1)0
Has difficulty getting in/out of bed/chairDIFCHAIR  (1)6524
Has difficulty using toiletDIFTOILT  (1)6465
Has difficulty getting around inside homeDIFINSID  (1)8142
Difficulty chewing/swallowing that has lasted/will last 12 moCHEW12M  (1)78 536
Difficulty with strenuous activity that has lasted/will last 12 moSTACT12M  (1)1 609 626
Learning disability or difficulty communicating/understanding others
Difficulty communicating/understandingCOMUNDST  (1)511 948
Difficulty learn what others their age learnLEARNAGE  (1)980 681
Has a learning disabilityLEARNR  (1)2 284 385
Problems in school and behavior
Problems at school understanding materialsPROBUNDS  (1)2 334 491
Problems paying attention in classPROBATTN  (1)3 097 014
Problems communicating with teachers/studentsPROBCOMM  (1)1 538 173
Problems controlling behavior at schoolPROBBEHV  (1)2 351 926
Diff. getting along with others that has lasted/will last 12 moALONG12M  (1)902 214
Developmental delays
Problem/delay in physical developmentDELAY  (1)802 547
Problem/delay in mental developmentMENDELAY  (1)1 444 821
Problem/delay in speech or language developmentSPHDELAY  (1)1 870 753
Problem/delay in emotional developmentEMDELAY  (1)1 645 048