Difficult tasks for adults with serious illness as of 2017

This statistic depicts the percentage of U.S. adults that had recent experience with serious illness and said that the person who was ill had difficulty with select tasks in the past year or the year before they died as of 2017. According to the survey, 48 percent of respondents said that their loved one had difficulty understanding instructions for medications and medical care.

Percentage of U.S. adults with family or friends with serious illness that had difficulty with select tasks as of 2017

Percentage of respondents
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Release date

November 2017


United States

Survey time period

May 4 to July 12, 2017

Number of respondents

2,040 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Among those with recent experience with serious illness

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

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