Mexican Health & Aging Study (MHAS)

The Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) started as a prospective panel study of health and aging in Mexico. The baseline household survey, with national and urban/rural representation of adults born in 1951 or earlier, was conducted in 2001 with follow-up surveys in 2003 and 2013, with a fourth to be conducted in 2014. The study was a collaborative effort among researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Wisconsin in the U.S., and the Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática (INEGI) in Mexico. The new study is a collaborative effort among researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), the University of Wisconsin, the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI, México), the Instituto Nacional de Geriatría (INGER, Mexico) and the Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP, México). This phase includes a third follow-up survey that was conducted in 2012. A new cohort of adults born in 1952-1962 was added to the study in 2012. The MHAS uses study protocols and survey instruments that are highly comparable to the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The data files for Wave 3 (2012) are currently being assembled and uploaded to the website. The study is funded by the National Institute on Aging NIA/NIH R01 AG018016.

Data Collection
MHAS 2001 & 2003:

MHAS 2012

The fourth wave was fielded in fall, 2015.

The MHAS is a high quality study, with excellent response and follow-up rates. Response rates for waves in 2001, 2003 and 2012 were 91.8%, 93.3% and 88.1%, respectively.


Intravenous Blood Finger Prick Anthropometric Measures Performance Tests

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