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Life course and chronic disease epidemiology

Longitudinal studies, in which the same individuals are followed over a long period of time, have an advantage in that the chronology of exposures and diseases can be determined. One challenge in these studies is to make follow-up examinations as similar as possible, with respect to both protocol and instruments used to make measurements. Another key challenge is to maintain high rates of follow-up.

EPSO has a number of longitudinal studies in which the same methods have been used in re-examinations for almost 50 years. This makes it possible to study exposures over time and the outcome of these exposures. Other cohort studies are more recent, but the ongoing re-examination gives the same possibility to study the health outcomes in relation to exposures and this type of research gives clues to the cause of diseases.

Page Manager: Katarina Englund|Last update: 5/12/2015

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