Study Description

Puerto Rican Elderly: Health Conditions (PREHCO) Wave 1, 2002-2003

Unique Identification Number: QM-504-001-1-2-Puerto Rico-DISC-2002

Summary: The first wave of the Puerto Rican Elderly: Health Conditions (PREHCO) Project investigated the characteristics of older non-institutionalized adults (aged 60+) in Puerto Rico through an island-wide, cross-sectional sample survey of target individuals and their spouses. The resident populations of the island municipalities of Culebra and Vieques were excluded from the sample due to the organization of the survey and the availability of resources. This first round of data was collected between May 2002 and May 2003. Its topics include self-reported health conditions, physical and mental impairment, housing arrangements, functional status, transfers, labor history, migration, income, childhood conditions, health insurance and use of health services, marital history, mistreat, sexuality, kin networks, intergenerational support, etc. PRECHO1 has 2,167 variables and 4,291 cases.

Methodology: PREHCO sample is a multistage, stratified sample of the elderly population residing in Puerto Rico with oversainples of regions heavily populated by population of African descent and of individuals over age 80, The data was gathered through face-to-face interviews with elderly adults, including those with cognitive limitations who required the presence of a proxy to provide information, and with their surviving spouses, regardless of age. The field work consisted of interviews conducted with laptop and specialized anthropoinelric measurement and physical performance. More than 20,600 households were visited in 233 sample sections. A total of 4,293 inhome face-to-face target interviews were conducted between May 2002 and May 2003, averaging 114 min in length. In addition 1,444 spouses were interviewed, 1,043 of them 60 or older. The fraction on interviews requiring a proxy was 12.4%. Only 4.7% refused to participate, and the overall response rate was 93.9%. The questionnaire included modules on demographic characteristics, health status and conditions, cognitive and functional performance, labor and economic status, income and assets, health insurance and use of health services, family structure,intergenerational transfers. housing, anthropometrie measurements, and physical performance.  

Subject Area: Elderly, Hispanic, Health, Puerto Rico

Data Format: SPSS system files and SPSS syntax file

Date of Study: May 2002 - May 2003

Geographic Coverage: Puerto Rico (The resident populations of the island municipalities of Culebra and Vieques were excluded from the sample due to the organization of the survey and the availability of resources.)

Descriptors: Elderly, Hispanic, Health, Puerto Rico

Bibliographic Citation: Puerto Rican Elderly: Health Conditions (PREHCO) Wave 1, 2002-2003. [machine-readable data file] / Alberto Palloni, Ana Luisa Dávila and Melba Sánchez-Ayéndez [principal investigators] / Data and Information Services Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison [distributor].

Access Status: Unlimited access.

Documentation: 17 PDF document files; most are in Spanish.

Publications: List of Publications

Acknowledgement of Funding: This research was made possible by a grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA): R01 AG016209.

Version Note: May 12, 2009 release

Additional Web Site: The Puerto Rican Elderly: Health Conditions (PREHCO) project web site.