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Elizabeth Bruch wins Robert Merton Prize for paper in analytic sociology

Elizabeth Bruch wins ASA award for paper in mathematical sociology

Spring 2015 PSC newletter available now

Formal demography workshop and conference at UC Berkeley, August 17-21

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National Study of Disability Trends and Dynamics

a PSC Research Project

Investigator:   Vicki Freedman

This NIA-funded project will design, test, field, and disseminate a new National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). The overarching goal of NHATS is to: (I) promote scientific inquiry into late-life disability trends and dynamics, their antecedents and correlates, and disparities therein, and (II) advance study of the social and economic consequences of late-life disability for individuals, families, and society. To achieve these aims, a multidisciplinary consortium led by Johns Hopkins University will: (1) Design and test, using state-of-the-art survey methodology a comprehensive, validated disability measurement protocol that includes self-report and performance-based measures of functioning; allows disaggregation of activity limitations into impairments, the environment, and compensatory strategies; and includes measures of social participation; (2) Collect data in person from a sample of 12,000 Medicare enrollees ages 65 and older in 2011, resurvey them at annual intervals, and refresh the sample at regular intervals; (3) Provide linkages to mortality data and external databases that enable analyses of disability and long-term care related public program expenditures, movement through the medical and long-term care system, the supply and quality of medical and long-term care, and the role of public long-term care policies; and (4) Clean, document, and disseminate public use and restricted data files. A high priority will be placed on timely distribution of high-quality, user-friendly, and well-documented data files and on building a broad user base. A supplemental study of caregivers of NHATs respondents is being designed and fielded with funding from the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of DHHS.

Funding Period: 10/01/2009 to 08/31/2014

Country of Focus: USA

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