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The purpose of this study was to compare disability and functional limitations among elderly Asian American subgroups using datasets from the National Health Interview Survey 2001−2003.


This retrospective cross-sectional study analyzed whether activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental ADL (IADL) disabilities were different among Asian American subgroups in the United States using data retrieved from the 2001−2003 National Health Interview Survey. For comparing all Asian American subgroups, χ2 analysis was applied for the bivariate comparisons.


Rates of 7.1% and 12.2% for ADL and IADL disability, respectively, within Asian American group were found. The elder Chinese subgroup accounted for the highest ADL and IADL disability (11.6% and 17.3%, respectively, p < .05). Being female, not married, and older was associated with higher ADL and IADL disability (p < .05).


The findings of the study highlight the intergroup variability among the elder Asian American subpopulations.


This article first appeared in the July 2008 issue of Disability and Health Journal and is reprinted with permission.

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Adavalli, V., Coustasse, A., Coggin, C. (2007, May). Disparities in self-reported ADLs and IADLs disability among Asian American subgroups: Results from the National Health Interview Survey 2001-2003. Poster Presentation, Second Texas Conference on Health Disparities, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX.

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