Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: November 27, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412953948 | Print ISBN: 9781412928168 | Online ISBN: 9781412953948| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Elena M. Andresen
Disability is a demographic descriptor rather than a health outcome. It should be used to monitor disparities in health outcomes and social participation. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides an important rationale for universal collection of disability status [in data collection]. (Objectives Report: Disability and Secondary Conditions; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2001) 1. Are you limited in any way in any activities because of physical, mental, or emotional problems? Yes/No/Don't know/Not sure/Refused 2. Do you now have any health problem that requires you to use special equipment, such as a cane, a wheelchair, a special bed, or a special telephone? Yes/No/Don't know/Not sure/Refused 10.4135/9781412953948.n112 See also Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: . United Nations Statistical Division, Human Functioning and Disability, provides global statistics and data collection efforts: . U.S. Census Bureau: . U.S. Census Bureau reports on disability: . 10.4135/9781412953948.n113 See also Center for Research on ...