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
|2014||HRS Candidate Gene Cognition and Behavior File (Final V1.0)||-||Dec 2014|
|2014||HRS Candidate Gene Longevity File (Final V1.0)||-||Dec 2014|
|2012||HRS-dbGaP 2006-2008 Cross-Reference File (Final V1.1)||-||May 2012|
|2006||Biomarker Data 2006 (Final V1.0)||Mar 2006 – Feb 2007||Apr 2013|
|2008||Biomarker Data 2008 (Final V1.0)||Mar 2008 – Feb 2009||Apr 2013|
|2010||Biomarker Data 2010 (Final V1.0)||Feb 2010 – Nov 2011||Apr 2015|
|2012||Biomarker Data 2012 (Final V1.0)||Apr 2012 – Apr 2013||Apr 2015|
|2003||Diabetes Study 2003 (Final V2.0)||Oct 2003 – Aug 2004||Apr 2007|
|2009||Health and Well-Being Study (HWB) 2009 (Early V1.0)||Oct 2009 – May 2010||Sep 2012|
|2005||Prescription Drug Study (PDS) 2005 (Final V1.0)||Aug 2005 – Mar 2006||Nov 2008|
|2007||Prescription Drug Study (PDS) 2007 (Final V1.0)||Oct 2007 – Sep 2008||Mar 2011|
|2008||Telomere Data 2008 (Final V1.0)||Mar 2008 – Feb 2009||Dec 2013|
|2001||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Cross-Wave Tracker File (Early V7.0)||Aug 2001 – Dec 2009||Dec 2010|
|2001||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave A (Early V6.0)||Aug 2001 – Jan 2004||Oct 2009|
|2002||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave B (Early V6.0)||Nov 2002 – Apr 2005||Oct 2009|
|2006||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave C (V8.0)||Jun 2006 – May 2008||Apr 2013|
|2008||The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave D (V8.0)||Jan 2008 – Dec 2009||Apr 2013|
How to Apply
- If you have not already done so, register
at the HRS Data Download System Web site.
- Download and complete this
Sensitive Data Access Use Agreement in hardcopy format.
- Download and complete this
Sensitive Data Order Form in hardcopy format.
- Send a signed copy of these two documents...
- 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 Data Download System 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 Data Download System 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)