Updated Analyses of Trends in Use of Assistive Devices. Updated Trends and New Analyses


The remainder of this memorandum first presents updated trends in use of assistive devices through 2004 for the community-residing population with chronic disabilities. Results are then presented for an exploratory cross-sectional multivariate analysis of the 2004 data, examining whether the earlier descriptive those using both help and devices who performed at least one activity independently with devices received fewer hours of help persists after controlling for physical and cognitive functional status, demographic and economic characteristics, and health. Because reduced hours also may imply unmet need, reported unmet need for help is also examined. All descriptive and multivariate estimates in this memorandum are produced using svy commands in Stata, which adjust standard errors for complex survey design.

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