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China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study 2011-2012


General Info
Original or alternative title 
China (CHN)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
05/2011 - 03/2012
Series or system 
China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS)
Data type
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Nationally representative

The China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS) collects comprehensive data on the elderly, their spouses, and their households. The study utilizes a multistage, stratified, random sampling method, and it uses 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 2011-2012 baseline survey covered 17,708 individuals (in 10,257 households with members 45 years and older) in 28 provinces. In 2008, CHARLS began as a pilot survey in the provinces of Gansu and Zhejiang.

Aged adults, Agriculture, Alcohol use, Anthropometry, Assets, Birth place, Blood glucose, Blood pressure, Blood tests, Body mass index, Cancers, Cataracts, Causes of death, Causes of morbidity, Cervix uteri cancer, Chemotherapy, Cholesterol tests, Chronic kidney diseases, Community health clinics, Complete birth history, Cooking fuels, Digestive diseases, Disability, Disasters, Domestic migration, Education, Electricity, Employment, Employment benefits, Encephalitis, Family composition, Family size, Headache, Health care access, Health care expenditures, Health care services, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Heart disease, Height, Hemoglobin, Hepatitis B, Hospitals, Hours worked, Household expenditures, Household heat, Housing conditions, Housing materials, Hypertension, Income, Incontinence, Infectious diseases, Infrastructure, Injections, Internet, Land ownership, Limited mobility, Livestock, Marital status, Mass media, Medicines, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mobility aids, Mouth cancer, Musculoskeletal diseases, 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, Rabies, Radiation therapy, Refrigeration, Roads, Sanitation, Schistosomiasis, Schools, Sibling survival [Do not use], Skin cancers, Sleep, Stomach cancer, Surgical procedures, Taxes, Telephones, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Traditional medicine, Transportation, Urban ambient air pollution, Violence, Vision loss, Waste disposal, Water supply, Weight, Weight change, Occupation codes