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EpiFloripa Aging cohort study: methods, operational aspects, and follow-up strategies

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EpiFloripa Aging cohort study: methods, operational aspects, and follow-up strategies
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Revista de Saúde Pública, November 2017
DOI 10.11606/s1518-8787.2017051006776
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Ione Jayce Ceola Schneider, Susana Cararo Confortin, Carla de Oliveira Bernardo, Carolina Carvalho Bolsoni, Danielle Ledur Antes, Karine Gonçalves Pereira, Lariane Mortean Ono, Larissa Pruner Marques, Lucélia Justino Borges, Maruí Weber Corseuil Giehl, Rodrigo de Rosso Krug, Vanessa Fernanda Goes, Alexandra Crispim Boing, Antônio Fernando Boing, Eleonora d’Orsi


To describe the sample plan, operational aspects, and strategies used in the 2009/2010 and 2013/2014 EpiFloripa Aging Study. The EpiFloripa Aging is a population-based longitudinal study with 1,705 older adults (60 years or more) living in the municipality of Florianópolis, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil, in 2009/2010 (baseline). The research was conducted with a face-to-face interviews, organized into blocks of identification, socioeconomic, mental health, health and life habits, global functionality, falls, physical activity, morbidities, use of health services, use of medications, food, oral health, and violence, evaluated in the first (2009/2010) and in the second wave (2013/2014). Additionally, in the second wave, we investigated the issue of discrimination and quality of life. The response rate of the first wave was 89.2% (n = 1,705). The baseline sample, with predominance of women (63.9%), was similar to the 2010 Census regarding age for women and slightly different for younger men. In the second wave, 1,197 participants were interviewed (response rate of 70.3%). Follow-up losses were only observed for the variable age group (p = 0.003), and predominantly for those aged 80 years or more. Mortality data linkage and active search for participants were used as a follow-up strategies. This study used strategies that were able to help locate the participants and maintain adherence, which ensured a good response rate during investigations.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 14%
Student > Master 10 13%
Researcher 9 11%
Student > Bachelor 6 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 5%
Other 14 18%
Unknown 26 33%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 15%
Nursing and Health Professions 10 13%
Sports and Recreations 6 8%
Psychology 5 6%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 4%
Other 14 18%
Unknown 30 38%