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Personal care difficulty

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DIFFCARE indicates whether respondents have any physical or mental health condition that has lasted at least 6 months and makes it difficult for them to take care of their own personal needs, such as bathing, dressing, or getting around inside the home. This does not include temporary health conditions, such as broken bones or pregnancies.

DIFFCARE was drawn from the final CPS interview, conducted 2-5 months before the ATUS interview.

For more information about difficulty variables in the CPS see DIFFANY.


This variable is available only for individuals participating in the CPS in June 2008 or later.


  • CPS household members age 15+.


  • 2008-2020