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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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