General Social Survey (GSS)- National Death Index (NDI) extended and updated dataset allows researchers to better understand how social factors —ideas, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors —affect health. The GSS-NDI dataset is a joint project of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, and NORC at the University of Chicago. As Peter Muennig at the Mailman School notes, it is "the first dataset that links a wide array of American's ideas, attitudes, and beliefs over many decades to their longevity."
The GSS-NDI dataset links records from the 1978-2010 GSSs to NDI death records through 2014. The GSS-NDI dataset contains 44,174 total records, of which 12,558 have been classified as deceased. It also contains information on cause of death. The National Institutes of Health funded the GSS-NDI project. The original linked GSS-NDI was released in 2011 and has been utilized in over 70 papers.
The new dataset and related documentation may be accessed at http://www.gssndi.com/