1989 (Age 43)
Professor Michael Wadsworth
University College London
Data collection was carried out at home visits to cohort members by research nurses recruited by the study team. Questionnaires were used to ask about family and home circumstances, health, employment, earnings, and social participation, experience of disturbing life events, hearing, smoking and exercise habits, and diet. Nurses used the Psychiatric Symptom Frequency inventory to ask about mental health. Nurses made a number of body measurements, measured pulse rate, blood pressure, and respiratory function. Cohort members were asked to self-complete in the course of the visit questionnaires about disability, work characteristics, and recall of relationships with parents (the Parental Bonding questionnaire). Nurses administered a visual search test, a verbal memory test, and the CAGE questions on alcohol habits. Nurses completed diet diary entries for the 2 previous days by asking the cohort member to recall all the details, in order to demonstrate the kind of detail required, and to bring away from the home visit diet diary data. The nurse left a copy of those completed diary entries with the cohort member, and asked her/him to completed the diary for the rest of the day of the interview and 4 subsequent days, before returning it by post.
Study website: https://www.nshd.mrc.ac.uk/