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Table 5 Rank of disease-specific disability rates (disabling impacts) according to disability severity in women. 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 Stroke 0.16 0.05;0.37 Stroke 0.28 0.09;0.59 Stroke 0.34 0.10;0.74 Stroke 0.50 0.14;1.02
2 Arthritis 0.08 0.05;0.11 Arthritis 0.13 0.09;0.18 Arthritis 0.16 0.12;0.22 Arthritis 0.24 0.14;0.31
3 Heart attack 0.07 0.02;0.12 Bowel diseases 0.12 0.04;0.21 Bowel diseases 0.15 0.06;0.29 Bowel diseases 0.22 0.07;0.39
4 Bowel diseases 0.07 0.03;0.13 Heart attack 0.11 0.04;0.20 Heart attack 0.14 0.05;0.24 Heart attack 0.20 0.06;0.35
5 Low back pain 0.06 0.04;0.08 Low back pain 0.10 0.06;0.15 Low back pain 0.12 0.08;0.18 Low back pain 0.18 0.09;0.26
6 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.05 0.03;0.07 Diabetes 0.09 0.03;0.16 Diabetes 0.11 0.03;0.20 Diabetes 0.16 0.04;0.29
7 Diabetes 0.05 0.01;0.10 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.08 0.04;0.13 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.10 0.05;0.17 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.15 0.07;0.24
8 Cancer 0.04 0.00;0.10 Depression 0.08 0.03;0.13 Cancer 0.09 0.01;0.20 Depression 0.14 0.05;0.23
9 Depression 0.04 0.02;0.07 Cancer 0.07 0.01;0.17 Depression 0.09 0.04;0.17 Cancer 0.13 0.01;0.28
10 Other diseasesa 0.01 0.00;0.02 Other diseasesa 0.01 0.00;0.03 Other diseasesa 0.02 0.00;0.04 Other diseasesa 0.02 0.00;0.05
11 Neurological diseases 0.04 −0.01;0.13 Neurological diseases 0.07 −0.02;0.23 Neurological diseases 0.08 −0.02;0.29 Neurological diseases 0.12 −0.03;0.38
12 Osteoporosis 0.01 −0.01;0.03 Osteoporosis 0.02 −0.02;0.05 Osteoporosis 0.02 −0.02;0.07 Osteoporosis 0.03 −0.03;0.10
13 Stomach ulcer 0.01 −0.01;0.05 Stomach ulcer 0.02 −0.02;0.08 Stomach ulcer 0.02 −0.03;0.11 Stomach ulcer 0.03 −0.04;0.14
14 Chronic cystitis −0.01 −0.01;0.03 Chronic cystitis −0.02 −0.02;0.05 Chronic cystitis −0.02 −0.03;0.06 Chronic cystitis −0.03 −0.04;0.08
Rank Severe 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 0.12 0.04;0.27 Neurological diseases 0.22 0.11;0.45 Neurological diseases 0.77 0.35;1.24 Neurological diseases 1.61 0.94;3.12
2 Stroke 0.09 0.03;0.19 Stroke 0.17 0.07;0.34 Stroke 0.59 0.25;0.89 Stroke 1.23 0.68;2.26
3 Diabetes 0.02 0.01;0.03 Diabetes 0.03 0.01;0.07 Diabetes 0.11 0.04;0.18 Diabetes 0.22 0.10;0.46
4 Cancer 0.02 0.00;0.05 Cancer 0.03 0.00;0.10 Cancer 0.10 0.00;0.26 Cancer 0.22 0.01;0.70
5 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.01 0.00;0.02 Chronic cystitis 0.03 0.00;0.08 Chronic cystitis 0.09 0.01;0.22 Chronic cystitis 0.19 0.03;0.57
6 Depression 0.01 0.00;0.02 Bowel diseases 0.03 0.00;0.07 Bowel diseases 0.09 0.00;0.20 Bowel diseases 0.19 0.01;0.50
7 Chronic cystitis 0.01 0.00;0.04 Arthritis 0.03 0.01;0.05 Arthritis 0.09 0.04;0.12 Stomach ulcer 0.18 0.00;0.50
8 Heart attack 0.01 0.00;0.03 Depression 0.02 0.00;0.05 Depression 0.08 0.01;0.16 Arthritis 0.18 0.10;0.35
9 Low back pain 0.01 0.00;0.02 Heart attack 0.02 0.00;0.05 Stomach ulcer 0.08 0.00;0.19 Depression 0.16 0.02;0.42
10 Osteoporosis 0.01 0.00;0.02 Osteoporosis 0.02 0.00;0.04 Heart attack 0.07 0.00;0.15 Heart attack 0.14 0.00;0.42
11 Stomach ulcer 0.01 0.00;0.03 Stomach ulcer 0.02 0.00;0.07 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.05 0.01;0.12 Osteoporosis 0.11 0.02;0.26
12 Bowel diseases 0.01 0.00;0.03 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.01 0.00;0.04 Low back pain 0.05 0.01;0.09 Chronic respiratory diseases 0.10 0.01;0.30
13 Arthritis 0.01 0.00;0.03 Low back pain 0.01 0.00;0.03 Osteoporosis 0.05 0.01;0.10 Low back pain 0.10 0.01;0.23
14 Other diseasesa 0.00 0.00;0.01 Other diseasesa 0.00 0.00;0.01 Other diseasesa 0.01 −0.01;0.03 Other diseasesa 0.02 −0.02;0.10
  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