Data Element

Retirement Date

Retirement Date is a self-reported date (at least year) that a person considers themselves to have ‘retired’. A person can have more than one Retirement Date. A person can be both employed and retired, so these data are independent of one another.


CDC's comment for USCDI Draft v5

CDC supports the inclusion of Retirement Date in USCDI V5. Retiring can be independent of employment status, and knowing Retirement Date provides key information regarding a patient’s perceived relationship to work and potential access to benefits. This information also supports mental health management because of retirement’s association with risk factors that can contribute to the development of depression.    

CDC suggests moving the data element to the new Observations data class to align with their representation in Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) standards, improving visibility for implementers.

Unified Comment from CDC

  • CSTE supports inclusion of this measure into USCDI v3: Very supportive of including work information in USCDI – important for assessing increased risk of conditions related to I/O
    • Specific job title and workplace address are also critical for outbreak investigation

Unified Comment from CDC

SDOH: Retirement can be associated with benefits that reduce health disparities, e.g., access to health insurance prior to Medicare eligibility, income.

Recommendations for Updated Submission

We received a slightly differing data element description and believe it should be updated in this submission: 


A self-reported date that a person considers themselves to have ‘retired’. A person can have more than one retirement date. Retirement is independent of Employment Status.

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