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Table 4 Rank of disease-specific disability rates (disabling impacts) according to disability severity in men. Health Interview Survey, Belgium, 1997, 2001, 2004, and 2008

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

Rank Mild disability
15–54 years 55–64 years 65–79 years ≥80 years
Diseases Rate 95 % CI Diseases Rate 95 % CI Diseases Rate 95 % CI Diseases Rate 95 % CI
1 Neurological diseases 0.24 0.11;0.39 Neurological diseases 0.49 0.22;0.88 Neurological diseases 0.57 0.23;0.95 Neurological diseases 0.84 0.28;1.34
2 Osteoporosis 0.14 0.06;0.25 Osteoporosis 0.28 0.14;0.54 Osteoporosis 0.33 0.15;0.58 Osteoporosis 0.48 0.18;0.77
3 Stroke 0.08 0.00;0.19 Stroke 0.16 0.00;0.42 Stroke 0.19 0.00;0.42 Stroke 0.28 0.00;0.61
4 Cancer 0.07 0.01;0.15 Cancer 0.15 0.02;0.31 Cancer 0.18 0.02;0.32 Cancer 0.26 0.03;0.45
5 Heart attack 0.07 0.04;0.12 Heart attack 0.15 0.08;0.25 Heart attack 0.17 0.09;0.25 Heart attack 0.25 0.11;0.37
6 Depression 0.05 0.03;0.09 Depression 0.11 0.06;0.20 Depression 0.13 0.06;0.21 Depression 0.19 0.07;0.31
7 Low back pain 0.05 0.04;0.07 Low back pain 0.11 0.07;0.17 Low back pain 0.12 0.07;0.18 Low back pain 0.18 0.08;0.26
8 Stomach ulcer 0.05 0.02;0.08 Stomach ulcer 0.10 0.04;0.20 Stomach ulcer 0.12 0.04;0.22 Stomach ulcer 0.17 0.05;0.31
9 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.04 0.02;0.06 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.08 0.04;0.15 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.10 0.04;0.16 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.14 0.05;0.23
10 Arthritis 0.03 0.02;0.05 Arthritis 0.07 0.05;0.11 Arthritis 0.08 0.04;0.13 Arthritis 0.12 0.05;0.20
11 Diabetes 0.01 0.00;0.04 Diabetes 0.02 0.00;0.07 Diabetes 0.03 0.00;0.09 Chronic cystitis 0.10 −0.02;0.27
12 Chronic cystitis 0.03 −0.01;0.09 Other diseasesa 0.01 0.00;0.04 Other diseasesa 0.02 0.00;0.04 Diabetes 0.04 −0.01;0.12
13 Bowel diseases 0.01 −0.01;0.04 Chronic cystitis 0.06 −0.01;0.19 Chronic cystitis 0.07 −0.01;0.20 Bowel diseases 0.02 −0.03;0.13
14 Other diseasesa 0.01 0.00;0.01 Bowel diseases 0.01 −0.02;0.09 Bowel diseases 0.01 −0.02;0.10 Other diseasesa 0.02 −0.01;0.05
Rank Severe Disability
55–64 years 55–64 years 65–79 years ≥80 years
Diseases Rate 95 % CI Diseases Rate 95 % CI Diseases Rate 95 % CI Diseases Rate 95 % CI
1 Neurological diseases 0.12 0.05;0.21 Neurological diseases 0.30 0.10;0.52 Neurological diseases 0.34 0.15;0.71 Neurological diseases 0.72 0.27;1.31
2 Stroke 0.09 0.03;0.20 Stroke 0.23 0.08;0.40 Stroke 0.26 0.13;0.49 Stroke 0.54 0.24;0.98
3 Chronic cystitis 0.07 0.00;0.20 Chronic cystitis 0.18 0.01;0.35 Chronic cystitis 0.20 0.01;0.42 Chronic cystitis 0.42 0.02;0.85
4 Osteoporosis 0.05 0.00;0.13 Osteoporosis 0.12 0.01;0.24 Osteoporosis 0.14 0.01;0.32 Osteoporosis 0.29 0.02;0.62
5 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.02 0.01;0.04 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.06 0.02;0.10 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.07 0.03;0.13 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.14 0.05;0.27
6 Depression 0.02 0.00;0.04 Heart attack 0.06 0.01;0.10 Heart attack 0.06 0.02;0.14 Heart attack 0.14 0.04;0.25
7 Heart attack 0.02 0.01;0.05 Depression 0.04 0.00;0.10 Depression 0.05 0.00;0.18 Depression 0.10 0.00;0.29
8 Diabetes 0.01 0.00;0.03 Diabetes 0.03 0.00;0.07 Diabetes 0.04 0.01;0.08 Diabetes 0.08 0.01;0.17
9 Cancer 0.01 0.00;0.03 Low back pain 0.02 0.00;0.04 Low back pain 0.03 0.01;0.05 Low back pain 0.06 0.02;0.11
10 Low back pain 0.01 0.00;0.02 Arthritis 0.02 0.00;0.03 Arthritis 0.02 0.00;0.05 Arthritis 0.04 0.00;0.10
11 Bowel diseases 0.01 0.00;0.02 Cancer 0.02 0.00;0.06 Cancer 0.02 −0.01;0.08 Cancer 0.05 −0.01;0.15
12 Arthritis 0.01 0.00;0.02 Bowel diseases 0.01 -0.01;0.05 Bowel diseases 0.02 −0.01;0.07 Bowel diseases 0.03 −0.02;0.13
13 Other diseasesa 0.00 0.00;0.01 Other diseasesa 0.00 -0.01;0.02 Other diseasesa 0.00 −0.01;0.03 Other diseasesa 0.01 −0.02;0.05
14 Stomach ulcer 0.00 −0.01;0.00 Stomach ulcer −0.01 -0.01;0.01 Stomach ulcer −0.01 −0.02;0.01 Stomach ulcer −0.02 −0.03;0.02
  1. Arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; chronic respiratory diseases: asthma, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema; neurological diseases: epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease
  2. aOther diseases: kidney diseases, liver diseases, gall-stones, glaucoma, cataract, thyroid problems, skin diseases, and migraine