1200.0.55.001 - Disability Variables, 2006  
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Contents >> SEVERITY OF DISABILITY >> Relationship Between The Disability Module And SDAC

Appendix A


1. The Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) has two separate parts: a household component and a cared-accommodation component. This appendix refers to the household component, which is a specifically targeted computer-assisted interviewer-based questionnaire. As such it has the capacity to ascertain details which are outside the scope of the Disability Module. Apart from the much broader and more detailed scope of SDAC there are two key differences between the Disability Module and SDAC.

2. The first of these is in the purpose of the two collections. The standard Disability Module is designed to obtain data on the broad characteristics of the disability population in the particular survey in which the module is included; it first establishes the presence of effects of any long-term health conditions, limitations or restrictions, and then ascertains the extent to which these require the person to be assisted to carry out various core activities.The SDAC, however, produces detailed disability data and national prevalence estimates; unlike the Disability Module it seeks information on the actual nature and causes of the disabilities and restrictions with which it is concerned.

3. The second of these is a consequence of the varying levels of detail. The Disability Module uses prompt cards to ensure that respondents who answer questions on conditions lasting six months or more are aware of all the types of conditions and restrictions which are intended to be covered by the module, but does not seek information about which of these conditions or restrictions are specifically present. The SDAC, as mentioned, does however seek such information. The lists of conditions and restrictions found on the Disability Module prompt cards are derived from the sequence of questions in SDAC which also ascertain causes for those conditions and restrictions.

4. Consequently, the following table does not provide exact links between the Disability Module and SDAC.

Topic of question or moduleDisability Module componentSDAC Question or Question Module
Sight problems not corrected by glasses or contact lensesQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1) 2.1Q1 and Q3
Hearing problemsQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.2Q1
Speech problemsQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.3Q1
Blackouts, fits or loss of consciousnessQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.6Q1
Difficulty learning or understanding thingsQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.7Q1
Limited use of arms or fingersQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.8Q1
Difficulty gripping thingsQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.9Q1
Limited use of legs or fingersQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.10Q1
Any condition that restricts physical activity or workQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.12Q1
Any disfigurement or deformityQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.13Q1
Any mental illness for which help or supervision is requiredQ1 & Q2 (Prompt card 1)2.14Q1
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - and restricted in everyday activitiesQ3 & Q4 (Prompt card 2)2.4Q1 and Q3
Chronic or recurring pain - and restricted in everyday activitiesQ3 & Q4 (Prompt card 2)2.5Q1 and Q3
A nervous or emotional condition - and restricted in everyday activitiesQ3 & Q4 (Prompt card 2)2.11Q1 and Q4
Long term effects as a result of head injury, stroke or other brain damage - and restricted in everyday activitiesQ3 & Q4 (Prompt card 2)Module 2.15 (Q1 and Q3), (Q6 and Q8), and (Q11 and Q13)
Any other long term condition that requires treatment or medication - and restricted in everyday activitiesQ3 & Q4 (Prompt card 2)2.16Q1 and Q7
Any other long term condition such as arthritis, asthma, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, dementia etc - and restricted in everyday activitiesQ3 & Q4 (Prompt card 2)2.17Q1 & Prompt and Q7
Help needed with bathing/showeringPrompt card 37.1Q1
Help needed with dressing/undressingPrompt card 3 7.1Q2
Help needed with eating/feedingPrompt card 37.1Q3
Help needed with going to toiletPrompt card 3 7.1Q4
Help needed with bladder/bowel controlPrompt card 3 7.1Q8 and Q9
Help needed with moving around away from homePrompt card 3 6.1Q1
Help needed with moving around at homePrompt card 36.1Q2
Help needed with getting in or out of a bed or chairPrompt card 3 6.1Q3
Help needed with understanding/being understood by strangers, friends or family, including use of sign language/lip readingPrompt card 38.1Q3, Q6, Q9, and Q12
Help always needed (with Prompt card 3 tasks)Q7 (Prompt card 3)6.1Q9, 7.1Q11, 8.1Q14
Difficulty with tasks (Prompt card 3 tasks)Q8 (Prompt card 3)6.1Q5, 7.1Q6, 8.1Q1, Q4, Q7, Q10
Use of aidsQ9Module 8.4, Module 10.1, Module 10.2
Education difficultiesQ11Module 17.8
Employment difficultiesQ12Module 19.1, Module 19.2, Module 19.3

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