Study documentation

Main interview documentation

Main self-completion questionnaire (PAPI)


↓Wave 1 ↓Wave 2 ↓Wave 3 ↓Wave 4 ↓Wave 5 ↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 7 v1* ↓Wave 7 v2* ↓Wave 8 ↓Wave 9

*Part-way through Wave 7 fieldwork, it was noticed that the answer scale of some questions on the self-completion questionnaire was set out as six point 1-6 scale, as opposed to the intended seven point 0-6 scale. A new version of the self-completion was issued part-way through fieldwork with the corrected scale.

Therefore, two versions of each of the affected variables are provided in the dataset, with the variable name suffix indicating the self-completion version completed ( _v1: Orange questionnaire, scale 1-6; _v2: Green questionnaire, scale 0-6).

Additionally, the variable SCVER in the Wave 7 dataset provides information on which version of the self-completion questionnaire was completed by each respondent.




Self-completion health vignettes


↓Wave 3




Self-completion work vignettes


↓Wave 3




Self-completion male sexual activity


↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 8




Self-completion female sexual activity


↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 8





Consent forms

Data flow for linkage


↓Wave 7 ↓Wave 8




NHS Digital consent


*Note that prior to Wave 9, NHS Digital was previously known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre. ↓Wave 2 ↓Wave 3 ↓Wave 4 ↓Wave 5 ↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 7 ↓Wave 8




Hospital and economic data consent


↓Wave 1 ↓Wave 2 ↓Wave 3 ↓Wave 4 ↓Wave 5 ↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 7 ↓Wave 8 *Note that prior to Wave 9, these consent forms were combined. ↓Wave 9 - Hospital ↓Wave 9 - Economics




Primary care records consent


↓Wave 7 ↓Wave 8 ↓Wave 9




Hospital and economic data consent withdrawal


↓Wave 3 ↓Wave 4 ↓Wave 5 ↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 7 ↓Wave 8 *Note that prior to Wave 9, these consent withdrawal forms were combined. ↓Wave 9 - Hospital ↓Wave 9 - Economics




Primary care records consent withdrawal


↓Wave 7 ↓Wave 8 ↓Wave 9




Mental Capacity Act form


↓Wave 5 ↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 7 ↓Wave 8




Cancer and mortality data consent


↓Wave 9




Cancer and mortality data consent withdrawal


↓Wave 9





End of life interview

End of life questionnaire


↓Wave 2 ↓Wave 4 ↓Wave 6





Nurse visit documentation

Ryff self-completion questionnaire


↓Wave 2




Nurse visit consent booklet


↓Wave 2 ↓Wave 4 ↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 8 ↓Wave 9




DNA blood sample leaflet


↓Wave 2 ↓Wave 4 ↓Wave 6




Drug codebook


↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 8




Blood sample leaflet


↓Wave 8 ↓Wave 9




Nurse Data User Guide


Waves 2, 4, 6, 8, 9





W3 Life history interview

Life history advance letter


↓Wave 3




Life history appointment card


↓Wave 3




Life history self-completion


↓Wave 3




Life history key card


↓Wave 3




Life history showcards


↓Wave 3




Life history user guide including CAPI information


↓Wave 3




Life history documentation


Wave 3





W5 Risk module

Risk information leaflet


↓Wave 5




Risk module introduction


↓Wave 5




Risk project instructions


↓Wave 5





Download complete documentation sets

Wave 8


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Wave 7


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Part-way through Wave 7 fieldwork, it was noticed that the answer scale of some questions on the self-completion questionnaire was set out as six point 1-6 scale, as opposed to the intended seven point 0-6 scale. A new version of the self-completion was issued part-way through fieldwork with the corrected scale.

Therefore, two versions of each of the affected variables are provided in the dataset, with the variable name suffix indicating the self-completion version completed ( _v1: Orange questionnaire, scale 1-6; _v2: Green questionnaire, scale 0-6).

Additionally, the variable SCVER in the Wave 7 dataset provides information on which version of the self-completion questionnaire was completed by each respondent.

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Wave 6


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Wave 5


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Wave 4


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Wave 3


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Wave 2


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Wave 1


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Wave 9


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Data dictionaries

UK Data Archive Data Dictionaries


Data Dictionaries





Technical Reports


HCAP

Data Dictionary for the ELSA Harmonised Cognitive Assessment Protocol


↓Download




Family or Friend Questionnaire


↓Download




Informant Interview Questionnaire


↓Download




Respondent Interview Questionnaire


↓Download




Technical Report


↓Download




UK Data Archive Citation File for Study 8502


↓Download




UK Data Archive Data Dictionaries


↓Download




UK Data Archive ReadMe File for Study 8502


↓Download





Financial derived variables

Financial derived variables user guide


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Financial derived variables and imputation procedures


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IFS derived variables description


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Financial derived variable relationships


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User Guides

Waves 1-9 Interviewer Data User Guide


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Waves 2, 4, 6, 8 and 9 Nurse Data User Guide


↓Download




Wave 9 Nutrition Data User Guide


↓Download




UK Data Archive Data Dictionaries


↓Download




Wave 9 Nutrition Data Dictionary


↓Download




Waves 1-9 - Financial derived variables user guide


↓Download




Waves 1-8 - IFS Derived Variables User Guide


↓Download




Waves 0-5 Index File User Guide


↓Download




Waves 1-7 Harmonised ELSA Data User Guide Version E


↓Download




Waves 2-5 Pension Wealth User Guide


↓Download




Waves 2-6 End of Life User Guide


↓Download





All ELSA interviews are conducted face-to-face using computer-assisted interviewing (CAPI), combined with self-completion questionnaires completed using pen and paper (PAPI).

A CAPI interview and PAPI self-completion questionnaire administered by an interviewer are carried out at every wave.

A CAPI interview and collection of bio-measures by a qualified nurse have been carried out for all participants at waves 2, 4 and 6 and for half of the participants in waves 8 and 9.

Full details can be found in the Waves 1-9 data user guide.