Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE) Series
In the early 80's, the National Institute of Aging funded the Established Populations for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (EPESE). In the early 1990's the National Institute on Aging launched a Hispanic aging funding initiative, which included the Hispanic Established Population for the Epidemiological Study of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE).
The primary purpose of the Hispanic EPESE was to provide estimates of the prevalence of key physical health conditions, mental health conditions, and functional impairments in older Mexican Americans and to compare these estimates with those for other populations. The Hispanic EPESE attempted to determine whether certain risk factors for mortality and morbidity operate differently in Mexican Americans than in non-Hispanic White Americans, African-Americans, and other major ethnic groups.
Baseline data was collected beginning in September 1993 through June 1994 on a representative sample of community-dwelling Mexican-American elderly, aged 65 years and older, residing in the five southwestern states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.
Follow-up waves of the baseline Hispanic EPESE provided cross-sectional and longitudinal examinations of the predictors of mortality changes in health outcomes, institutionalization and other changes in living arrangements, as well as changes in life situations and quality of life issues.
Beginning with Wave 5, an additional sample of Mexican Americans aged 75 and over was included. The individuals included in this sample had higher average-levels of education than those of the surviving cohort.
The Hispanic EPESE was modeled after the design of the following studies:
ESTABLISHED POPULATIONS FOR EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES OF THE ELDERLY, 1981-1993: [EAST BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, IOWA AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES, IOWA, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT, AND NORTH CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA] (ICPSR 9915)
ESTABLISHED POPULATIONS FOR EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES OF THE ELDERLY, 1996-1997: PIEDMONT HEALTH SURVEY OF THE ELDERLY, FOURTH IN-PERSON SURVEY [DURHAM, WARREN, VANCE, GRANVILLE, AND FRANKLIN COUNTIES, NORTH CAROLINA] (ICPSR 2744).