Health State Descriptions Time Begin
Now I would like to review different functions of your body. When answering these questions, I would like you to think about the last 30 days, taking both good and bad days into account. When I ask about difficulty, I would like you to consider how much difficulty you have had, on an average, in the past 30 days, while doing the activity in the way that you usually do it. By difficulty I mean requiring increased effort, discomfort or pain, slowness or changes in the way you do the activity. Please answer this question taking into account any assistance you have available.
Overall in the last 30 days, how much difficulty did you have with self-care, such as washing or dressing yourself?
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
If a person uses assistive devices when washing for example, these should be taken into account when answering the question.
This question refers to washing one’s entire body as it is customary for the culture. If a respondent reports that he/she has not washed his/her body in the past 30 days, interviewers should ask whether this is due to a health condition. If it is, this question should be coded “5” for extreme/cannot do. If it is not due to a health condition but to an environmental condition, such as lack of water, the option NA (not applicable) should be recorded in the questionnaire and entered in the data entry program.
This question includes all aspects of dressing the upper and lower body. Activities such as getting clothing from storage areas (i.e. closet, dressers) and securing buttons, tying knots, etc., should also be considered when making the rating.