Conditions and Health Risk Factors for

People with Disabilities


Section E: Health Conditions n %

I am going to read a list of various health conditions that
you may have experienced. Please answer whether each
condition is a current problem, past problem, or never a
problem: (among repspondents with a disability*)

Arthritis or rheumatism

Current problem 305 59.4

Past problem 19 3.4

Never a problem 189 37.3

Back or neck injury or pain

Current problem 210 41.9

Past problem 90 18.0

Never a problem 217 40.1

Lung or breathing problem including emphysema and
chronic bronchitis

Current problem 137 25.2

Past problem 47 9.0

Never a problem 333 65.8

Hearing loss

Current problem 125 24.5

Past problem 22 4.8

Never a problem 370 70.6

Eye or vision problems

Current problem 226 42.5

Past problem 42 8.2

Never a problem 249 49.3

Heart disease, pain, or failure

Current problem 95 18.9

Past problem 41 8.4

Never a problem 381 72.8

Stroke

Current problem 23 4.4

Past problem 27 5.8

Never a problem 467 89.8

High blood pressure or hypertension

Current problem 180 32.5

Past problem 38 7.1

Never a problem 299 60.5

Diabetes

Current problem 63 11.3

Past problem 11 2.4

Never a problem 444 86.3

Cancer

Current problem 40 7.9

Past problem 35 6.2

Never a problem 442 85.9

High blood cholesterol

Current problem 114 20.6

Past problem 41 7.4

Never a problem 349 72.0

Brain injury

Current problem 8 1.4

Past problem 15 3.0

Never a problem 495 95.6

Cirrhosis, hepatitis or other liver problem

Current problem 13 1.9

Past problem 23 4.4

Never a problem 482 93.6

Severe allergies

Current problem 113 20.9

Past problem 30 4.9

Never a problem 372 74.2

Kidney disease, kidney failure, kidney infection, or
kidney stones

Current problem 24 4.8

Past problem 55 10.3

Never a problem 439 84.9

Epilepsy or seizures

Current problem 11 2.3

Past problem 13 3.1

Never a problem 494 94.6

Cerebral palsy

Current problem 5 0.6

Past problem 1 0.1

Never a problem 512 99.2

Spinal cord injury

Current problem 26 5.5

Past problem 14 2.7

Never a problem 474 91.8

Missing legs, feet, arms, hands, or fingers

Current problem 14 2.8

Past problem 3 0.3

Never a problem 501 96.9

Paralysis of any kind

Current problem 17 2.9

Past problem 13 2.5

Never a problem 488 94.5

Stiffness or deformity of the foot, arm, leg, or hand

Current problem 110 21.2

Past problem 13 2.4

Never a problem 394 76.4

Reproductive organ or genital problems

Current problem 14 3.0

Past problem 39 8.0

Never a problem 462 89.0

Spasms or painful muscle contractions

Current problem 113 21.3

Past problem 52 10.8

Never a problem 353 67.9

Osteoporosis

Current problem 53 10.2

Past problem 4 1.2

Never a problem 457 88.6

Neurological disorder or other coordination or mobility
problem

Current problem 42 7.9

Past problem 10 1.7

Never a problem 462 90.4

Migraines or frequent headaches

Current problem 97 18.8

Past problem 51 10.1

Never a problem 369 71.0

Fractures, bone/joint injury

Current problem 69 14.3

Past problem 116 23.4

Never a problem 331 62.3

Urinary or bladder problems

Current problem 63 11.8

Past problem 76 14.1

Never a problem 379 74.2

Bowel problem

Current problem 57 10.1

Past problem 32 5.7

Never a problem 429 84.2

Skin ulcers or sores

Current problem 27 4.4

Past problem 17 3.1

Never a problem 473 92.5

Depression, anxiety, or emotional problem

Current problem 94 17.4

Past problem 68 12.1

Never a problem 355 70.5

Chronic pain

Current problem 159 30.4

Past problem 33 6.4

Never a problem 324 63.2

Chronic fatigue

Current problem 122 22.5

Past problem 35 6.2

Never a problem 359 71.4

Intestinal disease including Crohn's disease or colitis,
and stomach ulcers

Current problem 33 5.9

Past problem 42 7.3

Never a problem 440 86.8

Experience side effects from medication

Current problem 84 16.1

Past problem 78 14.0

Never a problem 355 69.9

Do you have any other current health problem or
condition which I did not mention? (among repspondents
with a disability*)

Yes 79 15.0

No 435 85.0

Are you taking or should be taking any medication on a
daily basis to treat a disease or health problem? (among
repspondents with a disability*)

Yes 382 73.1

No 137 26.9

Would you say that you use medicine(s) as prescribed
by the doctor: (among respondents with a disability*
reporting taking medication to treat a disease or health
problem)

All of the time 335 87.7

Most of the time 29 7.5

Some of the time 13 3.3

Rarely 3 0.7

Never 2 0.7

Are there any prescription medicines that you are
supposed to use, but: (among respondents with a
disability* reporting taking medication to treat a disease
or health problem)

did not get when first prescribed because of the cost?

Yes 60 13.9

No 322 86.1

did not get the entire prescription filled because of the
cost?

Yes 71 17.1

No 311 82.9

did not refill when you ran out because of the cost?

Yes 60 14.1

No 321 85.9

use less often than prescribed in order to stretch them
out because of the cost?

Yes 62 14.8

No 320 85.2

sometimes forget to use?

Yes 129 36.4

No 253 63.6

do not use as prescribed because of the side effects?

Yes 45 12.3

No 333 87.7

cannot pick up from the drug store or get delivered?

Yes 35 10.4

No 347 89.6

do not use because you think you do not need it?

Yes 45 12.8

No 336 87.2

Do you receive help using your medications? This
includes reminding you or measuring the medicines, and
setting them up for you, OR do you use all of your
medicine completely by yourself? (among respondents
with a disability* reporting taking medication to treat a
disease or health problem)

Receive help 28 8.7

All by self 352 91.3

Do you need help with: (among respondents with a
disability* reporting taking medication to treat a disease
or health problem)

Ordering, shopping for, or getting medicines from
pharmacy

Yes 16 61.9

No 12 38.1

Reminding, monitoring, measuring, setting up, or taking
medicines

Yes 20 78.4

No 8 21.6

Need other help with medications

Yes 4 15.2

No 24 84.8