Venous Blood Study (VBS) 2016

The VBS 2016 Data (Early, Version 1.0) release consists of information derived from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a national longitudinal study of the economic, health, marital, family status, and public and private support systems of older Americans. The National Institute on Aging provided funding (NIH U01 AGO9740).The Institute for Social Research (ISR) Survey Research Center (SRC) at the University of Michigan conducted the survey. Specifically, these data were part of a Venous Blood Study supplement to the 2016 Core data collection.

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. Users who were approved for previous versions of this sensitive health data product can download newer versions using the same password. First-time users should proceed with the application instructions on the Sensitive Health Data page.

Field DatesFeb 2016 — Sept 2017
Response Rate78.5 % Consent, 82.9% Completion
Latest ReleaseDec 2017 (Early V1.0)
Entry Cohort InfoPanel only
Data AlertsNone reported for this product