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Term: Limitation of Activities - (CCHS Survey Data)

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Last Updated: 2010-08-12


According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, approximately one in eight Canadians live with some physical or mental disability. Disabilities can range from mild limitations such as back pain, to moderate limitations such as arthritis, to severe limitations such as paraplegia. Individuals living with disabilities can face challenges with their daily activities, from climbing a flight of stairs to dressing and feeding themselves.

In the CCHS Survey - Chapter 14, participation and activity limitation is a derived variable that classifies respondents according their responses to questions on the frequency with which they experience activity limitations imposed on them by a condition(s) or by long-term physical and/or mental health problems that has lasted or is expected to last six months or more. For example, "Does a long-term physical condition or mental condition or health problem, reduce the amount or the kind of activity you can do at home?" Possible responses include sometimes, often, never, or not stated. Respondents are grouped into two categories, "Has limitations" or "No limitations" based on their responses.

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