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Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE) Disabling Process Study: 2001-2002 (ICPSR 36203)

Principal Investigator(s): Ottenbacher, Kenneth, University of Texas Medical Branch


This collection sought to examine relationships among components of the Enabling-Disabling Model as presented in the 1997 Institute of Medicine report, Enabling America: Assessing the Role of Rehabilitation Sciences. The Enabling-Disabling Model includes the following primary components: pathology, impairment, functional limitation, disability, and quality of life. In this model, disability is proposed to be influenced by pathology, impairment, and functional limitation. Disability is also seen as a function of the interaction between the person and the environment. This investigation examined relationships within the Enabling-Disabling Model in a random sample of Mexican American older adults. The specific aims were to: (1) examine the interrelationships among the components of the Enabling-Disabling Model over time in older Mexican-American adults, and (2) use components of the Enabling-Disabling Model to expand our understanding of the natural history of aging and to predict health related quality of life in older Mexican American adults. Data were collected from 621 older adults who were participating in the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE). Only subjects who were physically capable of safely completing the muscle strength measures were included in the study. Baseline interviews were collected on this subsample in 2001 during Wave 4 (ICPSR 4314) of the larger Hispanic EPESE study. Follow-up data were collected in 2002 from 551 participants. Data were collected on information such as respondents' health status, activities of daily living and ability to perform tasks. Demographic and background information include age, relationship status, gender, marital status and household composition.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Ottenbacher, Kenneth. Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE) Disabling Process Study: 2001-2002. ICPSR36203-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-11-13.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (R01-AG17638, R03-AG046409)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    activities of daily living, aging, caregivers, cognition, disabilities, health problems, health status, Hispanic or Latino Americans, household composition, life satisfaction, marital status, mental health, Mexican Americans, older adults, psychological wellbeing, quality of life, religious attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    none

Geographic Coverage:    Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001--2002

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001--2002

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Community-dwelling Mexican Americans aged 70+ years living in the Southwestern United States.

Data Type(s):    observational data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

This collection is related to the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE) Series. These data can be linked to all waves in the Hispanic EPESE Series using the participant ID variable (Q_NO).


Study Design:    The EPESE project has a prospective design including an initial cross-sectional baseline survey, with annual follow-up contacts of all participants and continual surveillance of mortality and use of hospitals and nursing homes. The Hispanic EPESE follows the same design as the earlier EPESE projects. Data from the baseline survey of the Hispanic EPESE provides estimates of the prevalence of specific chronic conditions and impairments for the population of older Mexican Americans, as well as baseline data for prospective studies of participants. The baseline survey of the Hispanic EPESE was conducted from the Fall of 1993 through the Spring of 1994. The baseline and all follow-up interviews have been conducted face-to-face, in respondents' homes. The cohort was under continual surveillance to monitor the occurrence of deaths, hospitalizations, and admissions to nursing homes. Reports of these events were provided through the follow-up interviews, and additional information was obtained from organized data systems. For additional information about Study Design, please refer to the ICPSR 4314 User Guide.

Sample:    These data are a subsample drawn from ICPSR 4314 and use a multistage, stratified probability sample.

Time Method:    Longitudinal: Panel

Weight:    The data contain no weights and are not weighted.

Mode of Data Collection:    coded on-site observation, cognitive assessment test, face-to-face interview

Presence of Common Scales:    CES-D, SF-36, SPPB

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2015-11-13

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