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The aim of the study was to compare universal and targeted assessment with respect to mortality, institutionalisation, hospital admissions and quality of life; to compare different methods of undertaking the brief assessment for response, completeness and cost; to compare management by the primary care team and by a geriatric evaluation management team with respect to these outcomes. People in 23 of the practices were approached for quality of life information at baseline, then resurveyed 18 and 36 months later.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Five core quality of life measures are given in the data: four dimensions of the Sickness Impact Profile and the Philadelphia Geriatric Morale Scale. The following information extracted from geographical small area data has been added: Carstairs' score and population density for the Enumeration District (ED) in which the respondent lives; minimum, maximum, mean and standard deviation of Carstairs scores for adjacent EDs and for those in 1 km radius; population density of the EDs within 5 kms of the respondents' ED (including that ED). Socio-economic indicators derive from the quality of life interviews.
Great Britain, accidents, age, alcohol consumption, attitudes, building maintenance, care of the elderly, chiropody, clothing, day centres, depression, economic activity, elderly, emotional states, ethnic groups, families, financial management, gender, general practitioners, happiness, health consultations, health services, hearing impairments, home help, home visits, hospital outpatient services, hospitalization, households, housework, housing for the elderly, housing tenure, laundries, life styles, marital status, meals-on-wheels, medicinal drugs, memory, motor vehicles, nurses, occupational therapy, occupations, personal hygiene, physical activities, physical mobility, physiotherapy, poverty, self-esteem, sheltered housing, smoking, social activities (leisure), social class, social integration, social isolation, social support, socio-economic status, speech therapy, spouses, urinary incontinence, vision impairments, visits (personal), voluntary organizations
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Social care, Public health, Secondary care
Data collecting organization (s)
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Unit of Analysis

Patients aged over 75 years from 23 general practices throughout Great Britain. People who had moved away or died before the assessment could be undertaken and people who were terminally ill or in a nursing home or other long-stay nursing care were excluded. Sample size 8,746 people

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Breeze E, et al. Area deprivation, social class, and quality of life among people aged 75 years and over in Britain. Int J Epidemiol 2005; 34(2): 276–283