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China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study, Wave 2 2013


General Info
Original or alternative title 
China (CHN)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
07/2013 - 12/2013
Series or system 
China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS)
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Household
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal
  • Nationally representative
  • Urban-rural representative
  • Verbal autopsy

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. The 2013 Wave 2 survey returned to the participants of the baseline survey from 2011-2012 and also includes a cross-sectional sample of new participants. 

Agriculture, Alcohol use, Anthropometry, Assets, Asthma, Back pain, Birth place, Bladder cancer, Blood pressure, Brain and nervous system cancers, Breast cancer, COPD, Cancers, Cardiovascular and circulatory diseases, Cataracts, Cervix uteri cancer, Chemotherapy, Colon and rectum cancers, Community health clinics, Complete birth history, Cooking fuels, Corpus uteri cancer, Corrective lenses, Dental care, Diabetes, Digestive diseases, Disability, Domestic migration, Education, Electricity, Employment, Employment benefits, Ethnicity, Falls, Family composition, Family size, Glaucoma, Headache, Health care access, Health care use, Health insurance, Health status, Hearing aids, Hearing loss, Home care, Hospitals, Hours worked, Household deaths, Household heat, Housing, Housing materials, Hypertension, Immunization, Income, Injuries, Insulin, Internet, Ischemic heart disease, Kidney and other urinary organ cancers, Land ownership, Larynx cancer, Length of stay, Leukemia, Limited mobility, Liver cancer, Livestock, Loans, Marital status, Mass media, Medicines, Menopause, Mental and behavioral disorders, Mental health symptoms, Mobility aids, Mouth cancer, Musculoskeletal diseases, Neck pain, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Oesophagus cancer, Ovary cancer, Pain, Pancreas cancer, Parental survival, Personal health expenditures, Pharynx cancers, Physical activity, Physical examinations, Physical therapy, Prescriptions, Private health facilities, Prostate cancer, Public health facilities, Public social assistance, Radiation therapy, Respiratory function tests, Sanitation, Skin cancers, Stomach cancer, Stroke, Telephones, Testicular cancer, Thyroid cancer, Tobacco smoking, Trachea, bronchus, and lung cancers, Traditional medicine, Training programs, Transportation, Urinary diseases, Verbal autopsy, Violence, Vision loss, Water supply, Weight change