2013 HRS Health Care and Nutrition Study (HCNS) Version 4.0

Version 4.0 of the 2013 HRS Health Care and Nutrition Study final release data is now available.

For Version 4.0 of the HCNS Nutrient Totals data set, the RACE variable has been corrected. This variable was mis-labeled in the codebook in Version 3.0. It will now match the Tracker file on RACE and/or HISPANICITY.

The only change to the previously released 2013 HCNS main study is an update to the version number (HCNSVERSION = 4).

The HRS HCNS was based on the Harvard food frequency questionnaire originally proposed by Willett and colleagues, and these estimates of nutrient intake utilize the nutrient tables provided by the Harvard School of Public Health.

The main study contains questions about health care access, food purchases, food consumption and nutrition (including vitamins and other supplements).

The sample for the 2013 HCNS consists of all living HRS respondents who were not included in the 2013 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS). In November 2013, questionnaires were mailed to a subsample of 12,418 HRS respondents. The field period ended in early May 2014.

The data file for the main HCNS contains data for 8073 respondents. The simple response rate is 65 percent.

For the HCNS Nutrient Totals data set we removed 38 respondents, as detailed in the data description, so the file contains data for 8035 respondents.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to hrsquestions@umich.edu.