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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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Enhanced NSOC Files Released 8/21/2020

We are pleased to announce the release of enhanced data files from the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). Data files from NSOC I (2011), II (2015), and III (2017) have been updated with imputed income information and additional derived variables. We also have published a new technical paper describing the income imputation methodology and an updated User Guide. We recommend users download the new data files; updated and new variables are listed in a crosswalk of changes for each data file.

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NHATS and NSOC Launch New Website6/29/2020

We are pleased to announce that the website for the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) has been redesigned. We overhauled the design of the website to be more streamlined and to increase the ease of usability for our researchers. Forthcoming website updates include a searchable bibliography of NHATS and NSOC publications and a new data website.

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NHATS Round 9 Beta Data Released6/25/2020

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is pleased to announce that a beta version of the Round 9 data files is now available. This beta data release also includes Sample Person (SP) and Other Person (OP) sensitive demographic files from NHATS. Updated documentation, including a revised User Guide, annotated instruments, and a variable-instrument crosswalk have been posted.

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Accounting for Sample Design in NHATS and NSOC Analyses: FAQs6/22/2020

We are pleased to present a new technical paper that answers frequently asked questions about how to account for the complex sample design of NHATS and NSOC in analyses. Topics covered include conducting cross-sectional analyses with NHATS and NSOC, conducting longitudinal analyses in NHATS, and an overview of weights. Example Stata and SAS code is provided. You can find the new paper here.

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NSOC User Guide Update3/2/2020

We have updated the NSOC I-III User Guide to include derived variables for the NSOC III longitudinal file and a new data notice regarding an inconsistency in derived variables indicating the number of people living in the caregiver’s household. More information can be found in the

NSOC I – III User Guide (v.4)

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