Interviews are done using computer-assisted interviewing and the paper versions of the questionnaires are not fully edited. A nurse visit is carried out for every other wave.

Main interview documentationWave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4Wave 5Wave 6
Instructions for main interviewDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Main questionnaireDownload Download Download Download Download X
Main self-completion questionnaireDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Self-completion health vignettesXXDownloadXXX
Self-completion work vignettesXXDownloadXXX
Self-completion male sexual activityXXXXXDownload
Self-completion female sexual activityXXXXXDownload
Survey information leafletDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Main showcardsDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Timed walk record cardDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Cognitive function bookletDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Advance letterDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload


Consent formsWave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4Wave 5Wave 6
NHSCR consent formXDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
HES and DWP consent formDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Consent withdrawal formXXDownloadDownloadDownloadDownload
Mental Capacity Act formXXXXDownloadDownload


End of life interviewWave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4Wave 5Wave 6
End of life questionnaireXDownloadXDownloadXX
End of life instructionsXDownloadXDownloadXX
End of life showcardsXDownloadXDownloadXX


Nurse visit documentationWave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4Wave 5Wave 6
Nurse questionnaireXDownloadXXXX
Preparatory nurse visit cardXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
Ryff self-completion questionnaireXDownloadXXXX
Instructions for nursesXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
Nurse visit information leafletXDownloadXDownloadX Download
Nurse visit consent bookletXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
DNA blood sample leafletXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
Leg raise and balance cardXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
Chair rise and grip cardXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
Grip strength record cardXDownloadXDownloadXX
Frankfort Plane cardXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
Measurement record cardXDownloadXDownloadXDownload
Saliva logbookXDownloadXDownloadXX
Hair sample cardXXXXXDownload


Life history interviewWave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4Wave 5Wave 6
Life history advance letterXXDownloadXXX
Life history appointment cardXXDownloadXXX
Life history self-completionXXDownloadXXX
Life history key cardXXDownloadXXX
Life history showcardsXXDownloadXXX
Life history instructionsXXDownloadXXX


Risk moduleWave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4Wave 5Wave 6
Risk information leafletXXXXDownloadX
Risk module introductionXXXXDownloadX
Risk project instructionsXXXXDownloadX


CodingWave 1Wave 2Wave 3Wave 4Wave 5Wave 6
CAPI code bookDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadDownloadX
Self-completion code bookXXXXDownloadDownload
Self-completion male sexual activity code bookXXXXXDownload
Self-completion female sexual activity code bookXXXXXDownload

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