Radboud University Medical Center

Department of Geriatric Medicine


TOPICS is a collation of validated instruments measuring physiological, psychological and social health and wellbeing. Longitudinal research projects submitted at least one wave of follow-up data, typically 12 months after baseline data collection. However, please note that the time duration between baseline and follow-up may vary between individual studies. A data dictionary and syntax for additional derived variables are available (see section codebooks and spss syntax). Participants refer to older persons who completed the questionnaire; caregivers refer to participants who were providing informal care for an older person.


More background information on the development of the survey instrument can be found in the following paper:


Lutomski JE, Baars MAE, Schalk BWM, Boter H, Buurman BM, den Elzen WPJ, Jansen APD, Kempen GIJM, Steunenberg B, Steyerberg EW, Olde Rikkert MGM, Melis RJF. The development of The Older Persons and Informal Caregivers Survey Minimum DataSet (TOPICS-MDS): A large-scale data sharing initiative. PLoS ONE. 2013 Dec 4;8(12):e81673. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0081673.