NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) Early-release Beta file is now available


The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is pleased to announce that an early-release NHATS COVID-19 Sample Person (SP) Beta file is now available. SAS and Stata versions are available. This file provides new data about older adults’ experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and consequences for care needs and wellbeing.  A user guide, questionnaires, and a variable-instrument crosswalk are also available.


Begun in 2011, the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) gathers information on a nationally representative sample of Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older. Annual, in-person interviews collect detailed information on the disablement process and its consequences. The sample is refreshed periodically so that researchers may study national-level disability trends as well as individual trajectories. A last month of life interview focuses on quality of end of life care. Periodically caregivers of NHATS respondents are interviewed in the supplemental National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). Linkages to Medicare records are also available.