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).

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.