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Module 1: Medicare knowledge
Module 1 asks questions and presents hypothetical situations to ascertain respondents' knowledge about HMO and non-HMO Medicare and about sources of their information about Medicare.

Module 2: Alternative medicine
This module covers respondents' recent and past use of herbal or other dietary supplements and medications, treatments by chiropractors, massage therapists, or acupuncturists, and spiritual practices that may be related to health.

Module 3: Planning and expectations for retirement
Module 3 asks about activities R may have undertaken to plan for retirement; the questions are slightly different for those who are already fully retired than for those still anticipating full retirement. A short set of questions at the end are designed to get at R's propensity towards planning ahead.

Module 4: Economic altruism
This module is designed to ascertain a measure of the R's willingness to give regular financial assistance to help out relatives and friends at varying levels of need, as well as to charities.

Module 5: Benevolence and obligation
This module asks about R's self-perception as a giver to others, and his or her reasons for giving, especially as it relates to giving to family members.

Module 6: Request for health plan booklet
Module 6 is the request for R's health plan booklet to help assess the possibility of using this method to obtain details of R's health insurance coverage. This module appears in Section R of the core instrument.

Module 7: Health utilities index
This module implements the Mark III version of the Health Utilities Index. Problems with vision, hearing, mobility, hand and arm use, mental functioning, general discomfort, and outlook on life are assessed. Domain scores and overall utility preference scores will be computed.

Module 8: Tolerance for large and small risks
Module 8 gets at R's willingness to take financial risks by posing a set of hypothetical situations and asking R to report what he or she would do in those situations. Part of the module is asked in section H the "expectations" section -- at H18 and H19.

Module 9: Alcohol consumption and HRS Wave 1 IADL measures
A very short module with a few questions about difficulties of everyday activities and alcohol consumption, and 1 question in section B.

Module 10: Proxy validation
Module 10 repeats selected questions asked in sections B, C, and E about R's health and daily activities, but asks the R to answer these questions about his or her spouse/partner; the intention here is to be able to look at the agreement between R and Spouse reports of health problems of one of them.

Module 11: Social altruism
This module asks about R's connectedness to other people and the emotional support available to R from their spouse/partner, adult children, parents and parents-in-law, and friends.

Module 12: Valuing health.
Module 12 asks respondents to compare their present state of health to perfect health using a standard time- tradeoff question valuing health in terms of years of life, and a similar willingness-to-pay question valuing health in terms of money.

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