Physical, speech, rehabilitative, or occupational therapy use among adults Aged 25–64, by veteran status : United States, 2019–2020
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Physical, speech, rehabilitative, or occupational therapy use among adults Aged 25–64, by veteran status : United States, 2019–2020

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    The aim of physical, speech, rehabilitative, and occupational therapy is to restore health, independence, and quality of life by addressing a range of health-related conditions that limit people’s abilities to perform functional activities in their daily lives (1). Because functional ability is closely related to participation in society, it is an important dimension of health (2). Veterans have greater prevalence of disability and chronic pain than nonveterans (2,3), which may limit functional abilities. This report describes the use of physical, speech, rehabilitative, or occupational therapy in the past 12 months by veteran status and selected sociodemographic characteristics among adults aged 25–64.

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    Data from the National Health Interview Survey

    ● For 2019–2020, among adults aged 25–64, veterans (13.6%) were more likely than nonveterans (9.0%) to have received physical, speech, rehabilitative, or occupational therapy in the past 12 months.

    ● The percentage who received therapy was higher among veterans than nonveterans in all age groups examined.

    ● Among both veterans and nonveterans, receipt of therapy increased with increasing education level.

    ● For 2019–2020, 33.6% of veterans with disability and 23.9% of nonveterans with disability received therapy.

    ● Among veterans, the percentage who received therapy increased with decreasing levels of urbanicity.

    Suggested citation: Boersma P, Cohen RA. Physical, speech, rehabilitative, or occupational therapy use among adults aged 25–64, by veteran status: United States, 2019–2020. NCHS Data Brief, no 439. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2022. DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.15620/cdc:118600.

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