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Study Report

Study Number: QM-501-001-1-1-Australia-ICPSR-1992

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: Australian longitudinal study on aging, waves 1-2 [1992-1994].  [machine-readable data file] / Andrews, Gary R.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6707

Date Accessioned: 5/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 12

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Access Status: Access restricted to U.W. Madison campus

Date Ordered: 5/1/1997

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Abstract: The general purpose of the Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging (ALSA) is to gain further understanding of how social, biomedical, and environmental factors are associated with age-related changes in the health and well-being of persons aged 70 years and older. Emphasis is given to the effects of social and economic factors on morbidity, disability, acute and long-term care service use, and mortality. The aim is to analyze the complex relationships between individual and social factors and changes in health status, health care needs, and service utilization dimensions. Components of Wave 1 (1992-1993) included a comprehensive personal interview, conducted via the Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) system, a home-based assessment of physiological functions, self-completed questionnaires, and additional clinical studies. Wave 2 (1993-1994) included questions regarding changes in domicile, current health and functional status, new morbid conditions, changes in medication, major life events, general life satisfaction, and changes in economic circumstances.

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