Severity of impairment: key facts from the life opportunities survey interim results 2009/10

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Great Britain. Office for Disability Issues
Office for Disability Issues
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1 December 2010
Disabled people
Social welfare
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This information sheet presents some of the interim findings of the life opportunities survey regarding the severity of impairments for adults. Severity of impairment is defined from responses to the impairments and health conditions section of the life opportunities survey questionnaire. The questions provide a measure of the following for each respondent: if they experience either moderate, severe or complete difficulty within each area of physical or mental functioning, and if certain activities are limited in any way as a result. The survey found that the severity of an adult’s impairment was found to increase with age and that adults with more severe impairments were less likely to be in work.

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