We have completed the initial 3-year grant period of the HAALSI study with the establishment of a community-based cohort of 5,059 men and women ≥40 years of age in the INDEPTH community of Agincourt, South Africa. The response rate to the baseline survey was 86%. Two additional waves of longitudinal follow up of the cohort are planned over the next 5 years.
During the baseline survey, all sampled individuals were visited at home from November 2014 to November 2015. Trained, local fieldworkers collected survey data electronically using Computer Assisted Personal Interviews (CAPI). Extensive survey and laboratory data were collected to assess:
Surveys were conducted in the local language, Shangaan, with instruments translated from English and back-translated to ensure reliability. In addition to the survey, fieldworkers collected anthropometric measures and blood via finger prick for those who consented. Point of care blood tests were done for glucose, hemoglobin and lipids, and dried bloodspots were collected and later tested for HbA1c, CRP, HIV, and HIV viral load and presence of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for those who were HIV-positive.
The baseline survey data is now available through:
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ICPSR: The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is a non-profit membership-based data archive based at University of Michigan that maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data. HAALSI will be part of The National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), located within ICPSR and funded by the National Institute on Aging.