What other information have you added to my data?

Information added from routine health records

At age 50 survey, we asked you (or your partner – if you had one) if we could add to the survey data, some information held by the National Health Service (NHS) about your health, such as visits to the doctor, nurse or midwife, hospital attendance or admission and the dates of these visits, health diagnoses or conditions, medicines, surgical procedures or other treatments you have received.

We are now starting to get some information about your health. For example, for those of you in England and Scotland, we have already added some information from your hospital records. We have not yet collected this information for study members in Wales. Neither have we added this information for your partner (if relevant).

These records, combined with the information you have given us during the surveys will allow researchers to look in greater detail at what affects your health – what factors prevent or contribute to poor health, and how policymakers might improve things for you and other generations – how health conditions can be treated or managed more effectively.

Information added from routine economic records

At the age 50 survey we also asked if we could add to the survey data information held about you (or your partner – if you had one) by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), such as benefit claims and periods on employment programmes, and the Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), about employment, earnings, tax credits and occupational pensions, and National Insurance Contributions.

We are now in the process of adding this information from your records. We have not yet collected this information for your partner (if relevant), but we are intending to add information from their records in the near future.