Did you take part in a telephone interview only?

Participants who take part in extensive telephone interviews are in the study’s ‘tracking’ assessment. This group includes individuals from all 10 provinces, who the CLSA will follow for 20 years. The first full data collection was conducted between early 2012 and mid-2014. Participants are now being contacted for the first follow-up of data collection, which began in November 2015 and will continue until 2018.

Watch this video to find out more about the telephone interviews.

Here is what participation involves during first follow-up:

  • As you have consented to take part in this study for 20 years, you will be contacted again by a CLSA interviewer to schedule a time at your convenience, to answer questions that are mostly the same as during your first interview.
  • There are a few additional questions in the first follow-up, to ensure we are gathering the most comprehensive data about your physical, medical and emotional health, as well as the social, lifestyle and economic aspects of your life.
  • You may also be asked to provide the CLSA with a Proxy Consent form to allow someone other than yourself to answer questions about your health if you are no longer able to take part in the interview on your own at this time, or in the future.
  • If you previously agreed to share your provincial health insurance number with the CLSA, but have not yet done so, we will be asking for it. Health insurance numbers allow researchers to link the information you provide to health care or other databases held by public institutions (for example, each provincial Ministry of Health keeps databases about your visits to doctors, hospital admissions, medication prescriptions or mortality records). Your decision to provide a health card number is voluntary, and will not affect your participation in the study.
  • Appoximately 18 months after you complete your first follow-up telephone interview, you will be contacted by the CLSA to confirm your address, phone number and the names of your alternate contacts.