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Table 1 Characteristics of the study participants. Health Interview Survey, Belgium, 1997, 2001, 2004, and 2008

From: Contribution of chronic diseases to the mild and severe disability burden in Belgium

Characteristic Total Not disabled Mild disability Severe disability
N %a N %a N %a N %a
Gender (female)         
 Male 17019 47.5 15201 49.6 1177 38.4 641 31.1
 Female 18780 52.5 15470 50.4 1890 61.6 1420 68.9
Age group (years)         
 15–54 22486 62.8 21538 70.2 677 22.1 271 13.1
 55–64 4490 12.5 3916 12.8 424 13.8 150 7.3
 65–79 5634 15.7 4005 13.1 1097 35.8 532 25.8
 ≥80 3189 8.9 1212 4.0 869 28.3 1108 53.8
Survey year         
 1997 7926 22.1 7085 23.1 586 19.1 255 12.4
 2001 9175 25.6 8130 26.5 688 22.4 357 17.3
 2004 9977 27.9 8293 27.0 971 31.7 713 34.6
 2008 8721 24.4 7163 23.4 822 26.8 736 35.7
Education level         
 Tertiary 11602 32.4 10711 34.9 615 20.1 276 13.4
 Secondary 14145 39.5 12280 40.0 1194 38.9 671 32.6
 Primary 5603 15.7 3737 12.2 1026 33.5 840 40.8
 No diploma 512 1.4 304 1.0 105 3.4 103 5.0
 No information 3937 11.0 3639 11.9 127 4.1 171 8.3
Proxy interview 3167 8.8 2339 7.6 226 7.4 602 29.2
Hospitalization rateb 2329 12.5 1521 9.8 373 20.8 435 30.2
Mobility limitationc 3797 10.6 - - 2001 65.2 1592 77.2
ADL limitationc         
 Transfer in/out of bed 2603 7.2 - - 1220 39.8 731 35.5
 Transfer in/out of chair 2378 6.7 - - 1089 35.5 557 27.0
 Dressing/undressing 2355 6.6 - - 942 30.7 864 41.9
 Washing hands and face 1171 3.3 - - 255 8.3 508 24.6
 Feeding 1151 3.2 - - 265 8.6 492 23.9
 Using the toilet 1210 3.4 - - 251 8.2 511 24.8
  1. aThe percentages are not weighted: they do not represent the prevalence, but the proportion in the study population
  2. bInpatient hospitalization in the 12 months preceding the interview. Information available only for the 2004 and 2008 BHIS (N = 18,698)
  3. cThe proportions do not add to 100 %, as an individual can have more than one ADL and/or mobility limitation