Routines of organization of clinical tests and interviews in the ELSA-Brasil investigation center

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The ELSA-Brasil (Estudo Longitudinal de Saúde do Adulto - Brazilian Longitudinal Study for Adult Health) is a prospective cohort study with extensive assessments throughout time. This article describes the routine of clinical tests and interviews performed with participants and the structuring of the Research Center physical space and teams. The ELSA-Brasil assumes that participants will be present at the Research Center to have the tests and interviews performed, according to standard protocols developed by this study. Considering the multiplicity of activities involved, each with specific needs for standardization, several predetermined orders of clinical tests and interviews were created. This ensured a high standard of quality in data collection without harm to participants' comfort. Each participant was previously assigned to a specific sequence of clinical tests and interviews with a predefined arrival time, mean length of stay of five to six hours and departure time.

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Bensenor, I. M., Griep, R. H., Pinto, K. A., De Faria, C. P., Felisbino-Mendes, M., Caetano, E. I., … Schmidt, M. I. (2013). Routines of organization of clinical tests and interviews in the ELSA-Brasil investigation center. Revista de Saude Publica, 47(SUPPL2), 37–47. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102013000100006

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