TABLE 4.

Physical Health Variables

CG StudyPopulation Study (NLSCY or NPHS)Comparison
Chronic conditions,* % yes (SE)
    Food allergies7.9 (1.3)7.1 (0.5)χ2(1) = 0.4, P = .54
    Other allergies35.1 (2.2)19.9 (0.8)χ2(1) = 51.4, P < .001
    Asthma15.8 (1.7)6.3 (0.5)χ2(1) = 48.0, P < .001
    Arthritis/rheumatism17.3 (1.8)7.3 (0.5)χ2(1) = 48.1, P < .001
    Back problems35.5 (2.2)12.2 (0.7)χ2(1) = 156.6, P < .001
    High blood pressure7.1 (1.2)4.1 (0.4)χ2(1) = 7.9, P = .005
    Migraine headaches24.2 (2.0)11.2 (0.7)χ2(1) = 56.5, P < .001
    Chronic bronchitis/emphysema3.2 (0.8)2.0 (0.3)χ2(1) = 2.5, P = .115
    Sinusitis13.5 (1.6)5.0 (0.5)χ2(1) = 46.1, P < .001
    Diabetes mellitus3.0 (0.8)1.1 (0.1)χ2(1) = 13.3, P < .001
    Heart disease2.8 (0.8)0.8 (0.1)χ2(1) = 18.1, P < .001
    Cancer2.1 (0.7)0.5 (0.1)χ2(1) = 44.6, P < .001
    Stomach/intestinal ulcers8.4 (1.3)1.7 (0.3)χ2(1) = 63.0, P < .001
    Other29.8 (2.1)8.2 (0.6)χ2(1) = 172.5, P < .001
No. of chronic conditions,* % (SE)
    024.1 (2.0)55.2 (1.0)
    122 (1.9)23.5 (0.9)
    220.9 (1.9)11.3 (0.6)
    ≥332.7 (2.2)10.1 (0.6)χ2(3) = 250.6, P < .001
HUI subscores, % indicating at least some problem (SE)
    Vision problems47.9 (2.3)38.4 (0.8)χ2(1) = 16.1, P < .001
    Hearing problems2.6 (0.7)1.4 (0.2)χ2(1) = 4.1, P = .004
    Mobility problems1.9 (2.2)1.5 (0.2)χ2(1) = 0.4, P = .53
    Severity of pain28.8 (2.1)11.0 (0.5)χ2(1) = 118.9, P < .001
  • HUI indicates Health Utility Index.

  • * Data from the NLSCY.

  • Because of unreliable estimates in the provincial sample, these numbers were derived from the national sample.

  • Data from the NPHS.