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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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NHATS COVID-19 SP Beta File Released12/17/2020

An early release of the NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) Beta file is now available. This file provides new data about older adults’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and consequences for care needs and wellbeing.  A user guide, questionnaires, and variable-instrument crosswalk are also available.

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NHATS 10th Anniversary Conference: Call for Abstracts11/11/2020

The National Health and Aging Trends Study and the TRENDS network of the Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging are pleased to announce NHATS’ 10th anniversary conference on late-life disability and care. The conference will be held online over two days, on the afternoons of May 26th and 27th. We anticipate 10-12 presentations altogether in 4-5 sessions. We invite abstracts of 1-2 pages, due Dec 15.  Authors will be notified mid-January. For details see: Call for Submissions.

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New Data Website 10/29/2020

The NHATS data website has been redesigned to be more streamlined. Prior to accessing the data download area, users will need to update their password at https://nhats.org/user/password

Updates include a searchable cross-year metadata resource for researchers from Colectica. 

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NHATS Round 9 Final Data Released 10/29/2020

Final NHATS Round 9 data files are now available.  Data files are available in both SAS and Stata formats. 

Updated documentation, including a revised User Guide, technical papers on Round 9 weights and income imputation, a revised crosswalk between the instruments and the codebook, and a crosswalk of changes from the beta to final version also are available. 

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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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Hands-On Research Workshop on Family Care will feature NHATS/NSOC2/3/2020

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this program has been postponed until Summer 2021.

The 2020 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 4-day program, researchers will use data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). Applications to attend are due February 15, 2020. For details see: 2020 MCCFAD Summer Data Immersion Program.

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NSOC III Time Diary Final Data Released11/4/2019

We are pleased to announce the release of the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) Time Diary final data files. In NSOC III, a 24-hour time diary was administered by telephone to caregivers who provided assistance to an older adult in the last month. This data release contains the time diary file as well as a summary file that includes time diary eligibility variables and summary information about the diary day.

These data are available under our sensitive data procedures; the application can be accessed at https://www.nhatsdata.org/Home/ResDataFiles. Documentation, including a time diary user guide, can be found at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nsoc/methods-documentation.

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NHATS Releases Final Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Based Biomarkers Data10/14/2019

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is pleased to announce the release of a Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Based Biomarkers final data file. DBS samples were collected in Round 7 and four assays were conducted to foster study of the biologic risk of disability progression.

DBS files are designated as sensitive for purposes of data release. The sensitive data application can be accessed at https://www.nhatsdata.org/Home/ResDataFiles. Documentation, including a DBS user guide, can be found at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nhats/methods-documentation.

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NHATS Round 8 Final Data Released10/2/2019

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is pleased to announce that Round 8 final data files are now available at http://www.nhatsdata.org. Updated Sample Person (SP), Other Person (OP), and Tracker files are available in both SAS and Stata formats.

Restricted geographic data for NHATS sample persons (SPs) and their spouse/partners, children, and household members are now available through Round 8. A restricted file with Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCC) for Rounds 1 through 8 is available for qualified researchers. A public use file indicating whether a sample person was residing in a metropolitan or non-metropolitan county (based on the RUCC) at the time of interview or during the last month of life also has been updated through Round 8.

Additionally, a restricted tracker file has been updated through Round 8.

Updated documentation, including a revised User Guide, a technical paper on Round 8 weights, revised crosswalk between the instruments and the codebook, and a crosswalk of changes from the beta to final version, can be found on our website https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nhats.

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NHATS at GSA9/10/2019

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) will host a pre-conference workshop at the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in Austin, Texas. The workshop, titled “Using the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) in Analyses of Disability and Aging” is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM. This workshop will provide an overview of the study design and content of NHATS and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) and will cover topics including disability and caregiving, as well as opportunities for data linkages.

For more information and to register, please visit the GSA website: https://www.geron.org/meetings-events/gsa-2019-annual-scientific-meeting/meeting-program/pre-conference-workshops.

We also encourage meeting attendees to visit the NHATS booth in the exhibit hall.

Please feel free to share this announcement with any colleagues who may be interested. We hope to see you in Austin!

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New Geographic Data Available from NHATS3/11/2019

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) has released new geographic data files. Restricted geographic data for NHATS sample persons (SPs) and their spouse/partners, children, and household members are now available through round 7. A restricted file with Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCC) for rounds 1 through 7 is available for qualified researchers. A public use file indicating whether a sample person was residing in a metropolitan or non-metropolitan county (based on the RUCC) at the time of interview or during the last month of life also has been updated through round 7. Additionally, restricted files linking the NHATS SP to the Dartmouth Health Atlas’s Hospital Referral Region (HRR) have been updated through round 6.

More information on obtaining NHATS files can be found at https://www.nhatsdata.org.

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New Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional NSOC Data Released2/18/2019

This data release includes a set of longitudinal data files that include re-interviews of NSOC II (2015) caregivers.

This data release also includes final cross-sectional files of family and unpaid helpers identified in the round 7 National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). The files consist of caregivers active in the last month or year, including last month of life caregivers.

NSOC data are available under our sensitive data procedures; the application can be accessed at https://www.nhatsdata.org/Home/ResDataFiles. Documentation, including a user guide, annotated data collection instruments, and a crosswalk between the instruments and the codebook can be found at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nsoc.

An NSOC III time diary file will be released at a later date.

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New NSOC and NHATS Data Released12/5/2018

We are pleased to announce that new data from the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) have been released. This beta data release consists of a cross-sectional file of informal helpers identified in the round 7 National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). New in this round of NSOC, caregivers to NHATS respondents who died are interviewed about end of life caregiving.

We also are re-releasing the NSOC II (2015) file with three updates:

  • recoding and replacing the race and ethnicity variables
  • revisions to 3 derived variables related to children of NSOC respondents (any living children; number of living children; number of living children under age 18).
  • revised weights based on removing a small number of ineligible cases from control totals

NSOC data are available under our sensitive data procedures; the application can be accessed at https://www.nhatsdata.org/Home/ResDataFiles. Documentation, including a user guide, annotated data collection instruments, and a crosswalk between the instruments and the codebook can be found at https://www.nhats.org/researcher/nsoc.

Additional NSOC files, including a longitudinal file following all participants in the 2015 NSOC and a time diary file, will be released at a later date.

A final NHATS Round 7 file is also being released at this time and can be downloaded at https://www.nhatsdata.org.

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2017 Medicare-linked Data Now Available9/18/2018

Medicare-linked restricted files from 2017 are now available. Information on how to apply for access to these data files can be found at http://www.nhatsdata.org.