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Table 7 Association between Severity of Sensory Disability and Functional Independence, 1991 Health and Activity Limitation Survey

From: The relationship between sensory impairment and functional independence among elderly

Degree of Sensory Severity IADL Restriction Decision Making Emotional Well-being
SD and/or HD    
   Mild Referent Referent Referent
   Moderate 0.98 (0.82–1.18) 0.86 (0.63–1.18) 0.94 (0.74–1.18)
   Severe 1.33 (1.07–1.65) 0.54 (0.40–0.74) 0.70 (0.54–0.89)
SD-HD    
   Mild Referent Referent Referent
   Moderate 0.77 (0.38–1.55) 0.39 (0.13–1.22) 0.87 (0.44–1.72)
   Severe 1.03 (0.52–2.03) 0.22 (0.07–0.63) 0.81 (0.43–1.54)
SD-HA    
   Mild Referent Referent Referent
   Moderate 1.16 (0.78–1.70) 0.65 (0.37–1.14) 1.19 (0.76–1.86)
   Severe 3.81 (2.19–6.63) 0.99 (0.49–1.97) 0.85 (0.52–1.39)
HD-SA    
   Mild Referent Referent Referent
   Moderate 0.89 (0.71–1.11) 0.87 (0.58–1.31) 0.74 (0.53–1.01)
   Severe 0.82 (0.60–1.12) 0.54 (0.34–0.87) 0.77 (0.50–1.18)
  1. Note: SD-HA = Seeing Disabled, Hearing Able; HD-SA = Hearing Disabled, Seeing Able; SD-HD = Seeing Disabled, Hearing Disabled; SD and/or HD (Total) = Seeing Disabled and/or Hearing Disabled Odds ratios adjusted for all demographic variables, including Regions of Canada. Referent for the odds ratios compares respondents in each of the sensory disability categories (e.g. SD-HA) with all other persons in the HALS who were classified as disabled.