Responding Population

All eligible study members were contacted: 2,662 study members gave information, of which 2,474 study members completed a postal questionnaire and 2,229 study members completed a clinic or home visit.

Provided information 2,662
Cumulative total of deaths 718
Cumulative permanent refusals  (withdrawn from the study)594
Currently not resident in England, Scotland or Wales 567
Failure to contact (unable to contact for 10 years) 320

Data collection

A feasibility study on 10% of the NSHD sample living near the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility (CRF) in Manchester took place during 2006-2007. Data from the remaining sample were collected from 2008 to 2010 at CRFs located in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Cardiff and London.

The protocol for the 2006-1010 data collection can be found in the published 2011 cohort profile.1)

Training for data collection

The study team and specialist colleagues trained the nurses for 1-2 days at each of the CRFs. 


All Study Members

  • Household and housing information
  • Marital status (and information on spouse employment)
  • Information on children and grandchildren
  • Hospital admissions
  • Parental information
  • Rose angina
  • Intermittent claudication
  • Heart trouble
  • General health problems
  • Cancer
  • Chest and cough trouble (MRC questionnaire on respiratory symptoms)
  • Smoking
  • Actvities of daily living
  • Physical capability
  • Life events
  • Work and retirement
  • Finance and financial hardship
  • Physical examination
  • Cognitive tests
  • General Health Questionnaire (short form)
  • Quality of life and social participation
  • Menopausal symptoms and the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) (women only)
  • Diet diary


Questionaires used for the main 2008-10 data collection can be found here

  • questionnaires/2009.txt
  • Last modified: 18 months ago
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