Severity of disability associated with selected chronic conditions

The severity of disability associated with the 8 selected chronic conditions varies. Some conditions have lower levels of impact (in terms of people’s need for assistance in carrying out core activities), and others a high level.

Of the selected chronic conditions, stroke is associated with a high severity of disability:

  • most (77%) people with stroke have severe or profound disability
  • 19% have mild or moderate disability
  • 4% have no core activity limitations, but may still have disability not related to core activities.

Of the selected chronic conditions, asthma is associated with the lowest severity of disability:

  • 14% of people with asthma have severe or profound disability
  • 50% have mild or moderate disability
  • 36% have no core activity limitation, but may still have disability not related to core activities (Figure 1).
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Figure 1 Alternative text

Stacked bar chart showing the proportion of people with three levels of disability severity for eight chronic conditions. The reader can select to display the chart by age group, including under 65 years, 65+ years and all ages. The chart shows people with emphysema as their main chronic condition are more likely (52%) to have mild or moderate disability than severe or profound disability (22%).

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Microdata: Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2015. ABS cat. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of DataLab.