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Salud Pública de México

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DENOVA-GUTIERREZ, Edgar et al. Health workers cohort study: methods and study design. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2016, vol.58, n.6, pp.708-716. ISSN 0036-3634.


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.


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.


Our study can offer new insights into disease mechanisms and prevention through the analysis of risk factor information in a large sample of Mexicans.

Keywords : cohort studies; characteristics; study population; Mexico.

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