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 ↓Wave 10

*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


↓Download* *Please note this is a large file and may take some time to download




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 10


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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


↓Download




Financial derived variables and imputation procedures


↓Download




IFS derived variables description


↓Download




Financial derived variable relationships


↓Download





User Guides

Waves 1-9 Interviewer Data User Guide


↓Download




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





COVID-19 Substudy


Drugs codebook

Drugs codebook


↓Wave 6 ↓Wave 8





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.

 Wave 10 

Fieldwork for Wave 10 started in October 2021 and is due to be completed by July 2023.

 

Wave 10 documentation has been included in the sections below for information. However, Wave 10 data will not be available on UKDS until February 2023.