The contribution of six chronic conditions to the total burden of mobility disability in the Dutch population

Am J Public Health. 1997 Oct;87(10):1680-2. doi: 10.2105/ajph.87.10.1680.


Objectives: This study assessed the proportions of the burden of mobility disability in the Dutch population that are attributable to musculoskeletal diseases, lung diseases, neurological disorders, heart diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

Methods: National survey data were analyzed with an elimination technique that combines the results of logistic regression analysis and the disease prevalence.

Results: Of the total prevalence of disability (20.5%), 33.7% can be attributed to these six chronic conditions. Musculoskeletal disorders account for the major part, whereas the contribution of cancer is very small.

Conclusions: The potential benefits of effective curative or preventive treatments for chronic conditions, in terms of reduction of the disability burden in the population, are limited.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Chronic Disease / epidemiology*
  • Disabled Persons / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Walking