NU Online News Service, Jan. 9, 2004, 4:47 p.m. EST – The likelihood that a working-age U.S. resident will be disabled increased sharply between 1984 and 2000, according to a study conducted by health economics researchers at the RAND Corp., Santa Monica, Calif.[@@]
The researchers conducted the study by examining results from the National Health Interview Survey, a government survey that collects information from about 36,000 households each year.
The survey identifies people with disabilities by asking participants whether they need help with personal care or other routine needs.
Incidence of disability fell more than 10% for U.S. residents ages 60 to 69, and it rose only modestly for adults in the 18-29 and 50-59 age groups.
But the incidence of disability increased more than 50% for adults in the 30-49 age group, the RAND researchers report.
The researchers found that 182 of 100,000 adults in the 30-39 age group were disabled in 2000, up from a rate of 118 per 100,000 in 1984.