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Expert Meeting on Cost-Effective Household Screening Methods for the Health and Retirement Study

Monday, November 19, 2012


The National Institute on Aging (NIA) commissioned the Committee on National Statistics to convene an expert meeting to advise the NIA on approaches to identifying eligible participants aged 51 to 56 years old in 2016 for the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Traditional methods of screening households for the HRS have been expensive; identifying individuals from a narrow age band and recruiting statistically meaningful samples of Hispanic and black minorities are two key cost drivers during previous waves of screening. The expert meeting considered alternative screening methods that potentially could be less expensive without sacrificing a high quality, representative sample. A meeting summary is available here.