Health workers cohort study: methods and study design

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Objective:: To examine different health outcomes that are associated with specific lifestyle and genetic factors. Materials and methods:: From March 2004 to April 2006, a sample of employees from three different health and academic institutions, as well as their family members, were enrolled in the study after providing informed consent. At baseline and follow-up (2010-2013), participants completed a self-administered questionnaire, a physical examination, and provided blood samples. Results:: A total of 10 729 participants aged 6 to 94 years were recruited at baseline. Of these, 70% were females, and 50% were from the Mexican Social Security Institute. Nearly 42% of the adults in the sample were overweight, while 20% were obese. Conclusion:: Our study can offer new insights into disease mechanisms and prevention through the analysis of risk factor information in a large sample of Mexicans.

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Denova-Gutiérrez, E., Flores, Y. N., Gallegos-Carrillo, K., Ramírez-Palacios, P., Rivera-Paredez, B., Muñoz-Aguirre, P., … Salmerón, J. (2016). Health workers cohort study: methods and study design. Salud Publica de Mexico, 58(6), 708–716. https://doi.org/10.21149/spm.v58i6.8299

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