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The Gothenburg H70 Birth cohort study 2014-16: design, methods and study population.

Journal article
Authors Therese Rydberg Sterner
Felicia Ahlner
Kaj Blennow
Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff
Hanna Falk
Lena Havstam Johansson
Maria Hoff
Mathias Holm
Helena M Hörder
Tina Jacobsson
Boo Johansson
Lena Johansson
Jürgen Kern
Silke Kern
Alejandra Machado
Madeleine Mellqvist Fässberg
Johan Nilsson
Mats Ribbe
Elisabeth Rothenberg
Lina Rydén
André M. Sadeghi
Simona Sacuiu
Jessica Samuelsson
Robert Sigström
Johan Skoog
Valgeir Thorvaldsson
Margda Waern
Eric Westman
Hanna Wetterberg
Henrik Zetterberg
Madeleine Zetterberg
Anna Zettergren
Svante Östling
Ingmar Skoog
Published in European journal of epidemiology
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 191-209
ISSN 1573-7284
Publication year 2019
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Psychiatry and Neurochemistry
Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Section of Occupational and environmental medicine
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Department of Psychology
Centre for Ageing and Health (Agecap)
Pages 191-209
Language en
Subject categories Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Gerontology, specializing in Medical and Health Sciences


To improve health care for older persons, we need to learn more about ageing, e.g. identify protective factors and early markers for diseases. The Gothenburg H70 Birth Cohort Studies (the H70 studies) are multidisciplinary epidemiological studies examining representative birth cohorts of older populations in Gothenburg, Sweden. So far, six birth cohorts of 70-year-olds have been examined over time, and examinations have been virtually identical between studies. This paper describes the study procedures for the baseline examination of the Birth cohort 1944, conducted in 2014-16. In this study, all men and women born 1944 on specific dates, and registered as residents in Gothenburg, were eligible for participation (n = 1839). A total of 1203 (response rate 72.2%; 559 men and 644 women; mean age 70.5 years) agreed to participate in the study. The study comprised sampling of blood and cerebrospinal fluid, psychiatric, cognitive, and physical health examinations, examinations of genetics and family history, use of medications, social factors, functional ability and disability, physical fitness and activity, body composition, lung function, audiological and ophthalmological examinations, diet, brain imaging, as well as a close informant interview, and qualitative studies. As in previous examinations, data collection serves as a basis for future longitudinal follow-up examinations. The research gained from the H70 studies has clinical relevance in relation to prevention, early diagnosis, clinical course, experience of illness, understanding pathogenesis and prognosis. Results will increase our understanding of ageing and inform service development, which may lead to enhanced quality of care for older persons.

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