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)

Principal Investigator(s): Blazer, Dan G., Duke University Medical Center; George, Linda K., Duke University Medical Center


The Piedmont Health Survey of the Elderly is a multiyear study sponsored by the National Institute on Aging as one of the components of the Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE). The goals of the EPESE project were to describe and identify predictors of mortality, hospitalization, and placement in long-term care facilities and to investigate risk factors for chronic diseases and loss of functioning. The original survey, 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), elicited information from persons 65 years of age and older. Six follow-ups were conducted, and information from death certificates for deaths occurring in the first six years of follow-up for all four sites was also collected. The data included in this release of the EPESE make up the seventh follow-up and the fourth in-person interview for the North Carolina site. This North Carolina cohort, established in a 1986-1987 baseline survey, was a sample of persons 65 or older residing in households in Durham, Warren, Franklin, Granville, and Vance counties in the Central Piedmont area of North Carolina. The North Carolina site was the only EPESE site in the southeastern United States. This site was unique in that the baseline cohort was over 50-percent Black, and the geographic area selected was diverse, allowing both racial and urban/rural comparisons to be made regarding the distribution of certain risk factors and disease. The data cover demographic characteristics (age, sex, race, income, education, marital status, number of children, employment, and religion), height, weight, social and physical functioning, chronic conditions, related health problems, health habits, self-reported use of dental, hospital, and nursing home services, and depression.

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. Additional information can also be found in the Use Agreement.

    The arrangements governing the release of data assembled as part of this project stipulate that they should be used solely for epidemiological, social, and behavioral science research. The data and other materials are to be used only for statistical analysis and reporting of aggregated information, and not for the investigation of specific individuals or organizations. Therefore, the user promises that he/she will not use these data for purposes other than epidemiological, social, and behavioral science research. The user understands that attempts to disseminate copies of the data, in whole or in part, or to identify individual respondents may be subject to prosecution under applicable laws. Before obtaining these data, a signed "Pledge of Confidentiality" is required of users. The Pledge of Confidentiality form can be obtained from ICPSR User Support (734-647-2200) or through the Web site of the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) In addition, users of these data agree to send a copy of any publications based on the data to: Paulette Campbell, Program Analyst, Epidemiology, Demography, and Biometry Program, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, 7201 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 3C309, Bethesda, MD 20892-9205.

    Any 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.


No downloadable data files available.

Study Description


Blazer, Dan G., and Linda K. George. 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]. ICPSR02744-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2004.

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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 (1-R01 AG12765)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, chronic illnesses, disease, epidemiology, hospitalization, long term care, mortality rates, older adults, risk factors

Geographic Coverage:    North Carolina, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1996--1997

Date of Collection:   

  • 1996-05--1997-11

Universe:    All noninstitutionalized persons 65 years of age and older (at baseline, 1986-1987) in Durham, Warren, Vance, Granville, and Franklin counties in north central North Carolina.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and clinical data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The baseline age distribution for North Carolina was: 65-69 (N = 1,420), 70-74 (N = 1,121), 75-79 (N = 794), 80-84 (N = 505), and 85+ (N = 322), for a total of 4,165. The Seventh Follow-Up age distribution is: 75-79 (N = 722), 80-84 (N = 528), 85+ (N = 516). The Seventh Follow-Up total is 1,766. (2) The codebook, data collection instruments, and EPESE RESOURCE DATA BOOK are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.


Sample:    Four-stage, stratified, probability sample with an oversample of Blacks.

Data Source:

personal interviews and multiscale questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1999-11-10

Version History:

  • 2012-07-13 Created a data use agreement.

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