Established Populations for Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (EPESE)


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Duke EPESE is one of five EPESE sites funded by NIA around the country. Core data for all five sites (E. Boston, New Haven, Iowa, Duke, Hispanic) are publicly available from ICPSR.

Duke EPESE, one of the four original EPESE sites funded by the National Institute on Aging, is a 10-year study (1986-1996) of the health (including depressive symptomatology), health service use, and well-being of 4,162 community residents age 65+ (55% African American, 45% White) in a 5-county piedmont area of North Carolina. Selected blood chemistry and immunology data are available on a subsample. Survival status is determined by linkage with the National Death Index plus. A multitude of studies have been published from these data.

Web site and access information: Visit for final wave and follow directions for other waves. For information that is not publicly available, contact Dan G. Blazer, MD, PhD, Duke EPESE PI.

Primary reference:

Cornoni-Huntley, J., Blazer, D.G., Lafferty, M.E., Everett, D.F., Brock, D.B. and Farmer, M.E. Established populations for epidemiologic studies of the elderly. Volume II. Resource Data Book. National Institute on Aging, USDHHS, PHS, NIH, NIH Publication No. 90-495, 1990.