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New NSOC and NHATS Data Released

We are pleased to announce that new data from the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) have been released. This beta data release consists of a cross-sectional file of informal helpers identified in the round 7 National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). New in this round of NSOC, caregivers to NHATS respondents who died are interviewed about end of life caregiving.

We also are re-releasing the NSOC II (2015) file with three updates:

  • recoding and replacing the race and ethnicity variables
  • revisions to 3 derived variables related to children of NSOC respondents (any living children; number of living children; number of living children under age 18).
  • revised weights based on removing a small number of ineligible cases from control totals

NSOC data are available under our sensitive data procedures; the application can be accessed at Documentation, including a user guide, annotated data collection instruments, and a crosswalk between the instruments and the codebook can be found at

Additional NSOC files, including a longitudinal file following all participants in the 2015 NSOC and a time diary file, will be released at a later date.

A final NHATS Round 7 file is also being released at this time and can be downloaded at