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Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE) Frailty Study: 2006-2009

Resource Type
Dataset : observational data, survey data
  • Ottenbacher, Kenneth (University of Texas Medical Branch)
  • Graham, James (University of Texas Medical Branch)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Free Keywords
activities of daily living; aging; disabilities; health; health problems; health status; Hispanic or Latino Americans; household composition; institutionalization (persons); life events; living arrangements; marital status; mental health; Mexican Americans; mortality rates; older adults; physical limitations; quality of life
  • Abstract

    The Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE) Frailty Study sought to apply a standard definition of frailty in a well-defined sample of Mexican American older adults and to examine the impact of frailty on disability, health related quality of life, institutionalization, and mortality in this population over time. This project is a continuation of a prior study (the Hispanic EPESE) examining the enabling-disabling process in this same population of aging Mexican Americans; data were collected from 1,031 older adults who were participating in the Hispanic EPESE. Only subjects who were physically capable of safely completing the muscle strength measures were included. Baseline interviews were collected for this subsample in 2006/2007 during Wave 6 (ICPSR 29654) of the Hispanic EPESE study. This collection includes data about respondents' health status, activities of daily living and their ability to perform tasks. Two-year follow-up data were collected in 2008/2009 from 731 participants in Wave 1. Demographic and background information include age, relationship status, gender, marital status and household composition.
  • Abstract

    The EPESE project has a prospective design including an initial cross-sectional baseline survey, with annual follow-up contacts of all participants and continual surveillance of mortality and use of hospitals and nursing homes. The Hispanic EPESE follows the same design as the earlier EPESE projects. Data from the baseline survey of the Hispanic EPESE provides estimates of the prevalence of specific chronic conditions and impairments for the population of older Mexican Americans, as well as baseline data for prospective studies of participants. The baseline survey of the Hispanic EPESE was conducted from the Fall of 1993 through the Spring of 1994. The baseline and all follow-up interviews have been conducted face-to-face, in respondents' homes. The cohort was under continual surveillance to monitor the occurrence of deaths, hospitalizations, and admissions to nursing homes. Reports of these events were provided through the follow-up interviews, and additional information was obtained from organized data systems. For additional information about Study Design, please refer to the ICPSR 4314 User Guide.
  • Methods

    The data contain no weights and are not weighted.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Presence of Common Scales: Upper and lower extremity strength, Lower extremity functional performance tests, SF-36 (health-related quality of life), Life Space measure, Standardized frailty items, CES-D, SPPB
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Frailty 1
    • DS2: Frailty 2
Temporal Coverage
  • 2006 / 2009
    Time period: 2006--2009
  • 2006 / 2009
    Collection date: 2006--2009
Geographic Coverage
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • New Mexico
  • Texas
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Mexican Americans aged 70+ years living in the Southwestern United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: none
These data are a convenience subsample drawn from ICPSR 29654.
Collection Mode
  • cognitive assessment test, face-to-face interview

    These data can be linked to other waves in the Hispanic EPESE series using the participant ID variable (Q_NO).

Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (R01-AG17638, R03-AG046409).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 36321 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR36321.v1

Update Metadata: 2016-03-29 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2016-03-29

Ottenbacher, Kenneth; Graham, James (2016): Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE) Frailty Study: 2006-2009. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.