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The authors compared disability and functional limitation among elder Hispanic subgroups by using data from the 2001-2003 National Health Interview Survey (National Center for Health Statistics 2008a). The authors applied chi-square analysis for bivariate comparisons and used multiple logistic regression analyses for making comparisons, estimating odds ratios, and predicting disabilities. Results revealed a 21.4% rate of disability of any type in Hispanics. Puerto Ricans reported the highest rates of Activity of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activity of Daily Living (IADL) disabilities compared with other Hispanic subgroups (Mexicans, Cubans, Central and South Americans) and reported a higher rate than did Blacks. Cubans showed the lowest rate of IADL and any disability among Hispanics and a lower rate than did Whites. These findings highlight the high rates of intragroup variability among the U. S. Hispanic population. Among seniors, ADLs and IADLs were significant predictors of admission to nursing homes and use of paid home care, physician services, and palliative care.


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Coustasse, A., Bae, S., Arvidson, C., Singh, K. P., & Treviño, F. (2009). Disparities in ADL and IADL Disabilities among Elders of Hispanic Subgroups in the United States: Results from the National Health Interview Survey 2001-2003. Hospital Topics, 87(1), 15-23. as published in the HOSPITAL TOPICS, 2009, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: