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China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study 2008


General Info
Original or alternative title 
China (CHN)
Gansu, Zhejiang
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
07/2008 - 09/2008
Series or system 
China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS)
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal

The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) began as a pilot survey in 2008, conducted in the provinces of Gansu and Zhejiang. The goal of the survey was to create a public microdatabase that contained comprehensive data on the elderly, their spouses, and their households. The 2008 survey used a multistage, stratified, random sampling method and it utilized household, individual and community questionnaires. With consent from participants, surveyors collected physical measurements of height, weight, waist circumference, leg and arm length, grip strength, pulse and lung capacity. Blood pressure measurements and blood tests were also conducted. The pilot survey covered 1,570 households (with one or more members 45 years and older) and 2,685 individuals. In comparison, the 2011 baseline survey covered over 17,000 individuals in 28 provinces. 

Aged adults, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Anthropometry, Assets, Birth place, Bladder cancer, Blood pressure, Body mass index, Brain and nervous system cancers, Breast cancer, Cancers, Causes of death, Causes of morbidity, Cervix uteri cancer, Cholesterol tests, Colon and rectum cancers, Community health clinics, Cooking fuels, Diabetes, Digestive diseases, Disability, Disasters, Edentulism, Education, Electricity, Employment, Employment benefits, Falls, Family composition, Family size, Health care access, Health care expenditures, Health care services, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Height, Hemoglobin, Hospitals, Hours worked, Household expenditures, Household heat, Housing conditions, Hypertension, Income, Incontinence, Infrastructure, Internet, Kidney and other urinary organ cancers, Land ownership, Larynx cancer, Leukemia, Limited mobility, Liver cancer, Livestock, Marital status, Mass media, Medicines, Mouth cancer, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Nursing homes, Occupations, Oesophagus cancer, Ovary cancer, Pain, Pancreas cancer, Parental survival, Personal health expenditures, Physical activity, Population, Prices, Private health facilities, Prostate cancer, Public health facilities, Public social assistance, Pulse, Refrigeration, Roads, Sanitation, Schools, Sibling survival, Skin cancers, Sleep, Stomach cancer, Taxes, Telephones, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Traditional medicine, Transportation, Water supply, Weight, Cholesterol, Occupation codes