Documentation of Physical Functioning Measures in the Health and Retirement Study and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old Study

TitleDocumentation of Physical Functioning Measures in the Health and Retirement Study and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old Study
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsFonda, SJ, Herzog, AR
InstitutionThe University of Michigan
KeywordsHealth Care, Health Conditions and Status, Methodology
Abstract

This document is part of a series of working papers on health-related measures in the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest-Old (AHEAD) study. The series currently contains papers on cognitive function, affective function, and physical function, the latter of which is the focus of this document. The purpose of this document is to aid prospective analysts in the appropriate use of the physical functioning data. To do so, this document provides an inventory of the physical functioning measures included in the survey interviews, describes the formats and origins of these measures, discusses their reliability, validity, and change over time and several options for working with the evolution of the questions, and provides SAS code for recoding the variables and creating simple summary measures.

Endnote Keywords

Physical Activity/Physical function/health measures/Survey Methods

Endnote ID

14032

Citation Key5607
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