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Why Use NHATS Data?

NHATS provides new, in-depth information on late-life functioning. Over time, this resource will allow researchers to better understand reasons for disability trends and dynamics. It will also support investigations of how individuals adapt to changes in physical, cognitive, and sensory capacity and the consequences of disablement for wellbeing. An overview of the NHATS conceptual framework can be found in Vicki Freedman's 2009 article, "Adopting the ICF Language for Studying Late-life Disability: A Field of Dreams?" in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences 64A: 1172-1174.