Study Description

Title

1999 (Age 53)

Principal Investigator

Professor Michael Wadsworth

Publisher

University College London Medical School

Abstract

Data collection was carried out at home visits to cohort members by research nurses recruited and employed by the National Centre for Social Research. An electronic questionnaire was administered by nurses using laptop computers to ask about home and family circumstances, health, disability, employment, earnings, social participation, smoking and exercise habits, and experience of disturbing life events. Nurses administered tests of lower body strength and balance, and made body measurements, and measured blood pressure, respiratory function, and grip strength, and examined hands and knees for signs of osteoarthritis. They also took a blood sample and a cheek swab from which DNA was derived. Measures were also derived from the non-fasting blood sample of cardiovascular risk factors (cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, triglyceride, glycosolated haemoglobin) and nutritional markers (red cell folate, plasma folate, plasma B12, plasma ferritin). Nurses left a diet diary to be completed over the next 6 days and returned by post. During the course of the home visit the cohort member was asked to complete a short paper questionnaire that included questions about diet and alcohol consumption, hearing and vision, spare-time activities, relationships with others, the short (28 item) General Health Questionnaire including the psychosis screening questions, and questions bladder problems (men only), menopausal symptoms and the use of hormone replacement therapy (women only). In addition a pilot study took place in 2 locations in order to test cohort members’ response to invitation to a clinic for data collection. The measures are described in the Clinic Pilot Study form.

Study website: https://www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk/

LifeStage

Mid-adulthood

LifeStageDescription

31 - 59 years

Coverage

Date
1999
Highest Level
Country
Country
GB-ENG
Country
GB-WLS
Country
GB-SCT

Funding

Data

Kinds of Data
Survey Data, Demographic Data, Assessment Data, Biosample Data
Analysis Unit
Individual

1999 Dietary Diary

Name

nshd_99_dd

Label

1999 Dietary Diary

Data Collection Date
1999 - 1999
Mode of Data Collection

Self-administered writing and diaries to capture narratives, stories, diaries and written texts created and collected on paper.

1999 Nurse Interview

Name

nshd_99_cq

Label

1999 Nurse Interview

Data Collection Date
1999 - 1999
Mode of Data Collection

Face-to-face computer-assisted personal interviewing.

1999 Self-Completion Questionnaire

Name

nshd_99_scq

Label

1999 Self-Completion Questionnaire

Data Collection Date
1999 - 1999
Mode of Data Collection

Self-administered questionnaire using a traditional paper questionnaire.

1999 Women’s Health in the Middle Years Sub-Study Postal Questionnaire

Name

nshd_99_sspq

Label

1999 Women’s Health in the Middle Years Sub-Study Postal Questionnaire

Data Collection Date
1999 - 1999
Mode of Data Collection

Self-administered questionnaire using a traditional paper questionnaire.

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