The Health and Retirement Study strives to provide high quality data without compromising
respondent confidentiality. Since respondent health data records contain particularly sensitive
information, such data products are released to researchers who qualify
for access only through a supplemental registration system.
Product availability, application steps, and download instructions are described on this page.
Sensitive Health Data Products
|Data Collection Year
|2009||2009 Health and Well-Being Study (HWB) (Early V1.0)||Oct 2009 – May 2010||Sep 2012|
|2008||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave D (V8.0)||Jan 2008 – Dec 2009||Apr 2013|
|2008||2008 Biomarker Data (Final V1.0)||Mar 2008 – Feb 2009||Apr 2013|
|2008||2008 Telomere Data (Final V1.0)||Mar 2008 – Feb 2009||Dec 2013|
|2007||2007 Prescription Drug Study (PDS) (Final V1.0)||Oct 2007 – Sep 2008||Mar 2011|
|2006||2006 Biomarker Data (Final V1.0)||Mar 2006 – Feb 2007||Apr 2013|
|2006||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave C (V8.0)||Jun 2006 – May 2008||Apr 2013|
|2005||2005 Prescription Drug Study (PDS) (Final V1.0)||Aug 2005 – Mar 2006||Nov 2008|
|2003||2003 Diabetes Study (Final V2.0)||Oct 2003 – Aug 2004||Apr 2007|
|2002||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave B (Early V6.0)||Nov 2002 – Apr 2005||Oct 2009|
|2001||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave A (Early V6.0)||Aug 2001 – Jan 2004||Oct 2009|
|2001||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Cross-Wave Tracker File (Early V7.0)||Aug 2001 – Dec 2009||Dec 2010|
How to Apply
- Visit the HRS User Registration/File Download Web site.
If you do not already have a username and password, you must register in order to enter the site.
- Identify the desired sensitive health data set(s) under the Requesting HRS Special Access Files
heading on the right-hand side of the Data Downloads page.
- There is now one form for all the sensitive health data sets. Download and complete the Sensitive Data Access Use Agreement in hardcopy format.
(Click here to see a sample DUA)
- Send a signed copy of the agreement...
- via email (PDF) to:
HRS Data Requests (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- via surface mail to:
Health and Retirement Study
DUA Review Committee
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2321
The Approval Process
The Health and Retirement Study will review your request, and based on
the information that you provided when you registered at the
HRS User Registration/File Download Web site,
verify your identity and institutional affiliation. Once this authentication process has been
completed to our satisfaction,
we will authorize access to the desired data set(s). We will communicate with you at the email address
that you provided when you registered at the File Download Web site.
- Once you receive your approval notification, login at the
HRS User Registration/File Download Web site.
- In the HRS Special Access Files box on the right hand side of the page
you will now see links to the data set(s) that you have requested.
- Click on the appropriate link and follow instructions to download the file(s)
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