Leading Causes of Disability Among Persons Aged 15 Years or Older, United States, 19911992

  • Arthritis or rheumatism caused 7.2 million (17.1%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Back or spine problems caused 5.7 million (13.5%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Heart trouble caused 4.6 million (11.1%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Lung or respiratory trouble caused 2.8 million (6.8%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) caused 2.2 million (5.1%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Stiffness or deformity of limb caused 2.0 million (4.8%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Diabetes caused 1.6 million (3.9%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Blindness or other visual impairment caused 1.5 million (3.5%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Deafness or serious trouble hearing caused 1.1 million (2.6%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.
  • Stroke caused 1.1 million (2.5%) cases of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992.

This chart shows the leading causes of disability among persons aged 15 years or older in the United States during 1991 and 1992 according to an article by CDC: Prevalence of Disability and Associated Health Conditions, United States, 1991-1992, Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, 1994, Volume 43, Number 40, pages 730-731 and 737-739.