Welcome Researchers

This website provides researchers access to data, documentation and other resources for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). If you are an NHATS or NSOC participant, please visit www.mynhats.org.

Welcome Researchers

This website provides researchers access to data, documentation and other resources for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). If you are an NHATS or NSOC participant, please visit www.mynhats.org.

About NHATS & NSOC

Begun in 2011, the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) conducts annual in-person interviews with a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 or older. Designed as a platform for scientific study of late life disability trends and trajectories, NHATS fosters research to guide efforts to reduce disability, maximize health and independent functioning, and enhance quality of life at older ages. Periodically caregivers to NHATS participants are interviewed in the supplemental National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) to provide the perspective of family and friends who help older adults experiencing limitations in daily life. Support for NHATS and NSOC is provided by the National Institute on Aging.

Announcements

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New NHATS and NSOC Video Tutorial Series 4/5/2021

A new series of video tutorials for NHATS and NSOC users is available at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nhats/videos. Initial topics include introductions to NHATS and NSOC, survey design and weighting, using the Other Person (OP) file, and annual cognition measures.  Additional tutorials will be released as they are completed.

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MedPAR and MAX Files Now Available4/5/2021

Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) files are available for the years 2006-2018. Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX) files are available for 2006-2012. New procedures for obtaining the restricted NHATS-CMS linked files have been posted. For more information, including details about upcoming data linkages, please see the document under Application Process for Restricted CMS Files.

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New NHATS COVID-19 Files Released3/25/2021

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is pleased to announce that new COVID-19 files are now available.


Users may now apply for access to the NHATS COVID-19 Family Members and Friends (FF) Beta file under NHATS’ sensitive data procedures. This file provides new data about the experiences of family members and friends who helped NHATS participants during the COVID-19 outbreak. An updated user guide and variable-instrument crosswalk are also available. The NHATS COVID-19 FF Beta file may be used in conjunction with the early release beta version of the COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) file (available under Public Use Files).


In addition, users may now apply for access (through the NHATS restricted data repository) to a qualitative file with transcribed responses about how COVID-19 has affected NHATS participants’ lives.
 

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NHATS-CMS Linked Data Update1/28/2021

NHATS-CMS linked restricted files for calendar year 2018 are now available. New procedures for obtaining the restricted NHATS-CMS linked files have been posted. For more information, including information about upcoming data linkages, please see the new document under Application Process for Restricted CMS Files.

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Upcoming NHATS and NSOC Workshops1/27/2021

Hands-On Research Workshop on Family Care will feature NHATS/NSOC 

The 2021 Summer Data Immersion program hosted by the Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) will focus on "Family Care: Racial/Ethnic and Contextual Factors”. During the program, researchers will use data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC).

Interested individuals should complete the application using the following link: SDI Application. Applications with attached CVs/Biosketches should be submitted by February 15, 2021. Please contact mccfad.isr@umich.edu with any questions.

HEADS Center 2021 Virtual Summer Workshop for Early Stage Investigators

The Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services (HEADS) 2021 Virtual Summer Workshop will convene early-stage scientists who are designing studies related to family and unpaid caregiving to persons with dementia, with a focus on advancing proposals for external funding and analyses for peer-reviewed publication. Researchers will use data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and/or its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC).

Interested individuals should visit the website for full details and application instructions here: Request for Applications. Applications should be submitted by March 15, 2021. Please contact Nadia Hay at nhay1@jhu.edu with any questions.

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