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Study of Health in Pomerania

Study of Health in Pomerania

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The Study of Health In Pomerania has two main objectives:

  1. to assess prevalence and incidence of common risk factors, subclinical disorders and clinical diseases; and
  2. to investigate the complex associations among risk factors, subclinical disorders and clinical diseases.

A particular characteristic of the SHIP is that it does not focus on a selected disease; it rather attempts to describe health-related conditions with the widest focus possible. Important medical areas of investigation include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, liver and biliary tract diseases, neurological diseases, thyroid diseases, dental diseases, lung diseases, addiction and risk behaviour, among others.

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Investigators Contacts
  • Institute for Community Medicine SHIP-KEF
    Research Network Community Medicine
  • Prof. Dr. med. Henry Völzke
    Institute for Community Medicine
  • PD Dr. Carsten-Oliver Schmidt
    Institut für Community Medicine

Conception

Study design
Cohort
Start Year
1997
Follow Up

SHIP comprises two cohorts. In the first cohort, so far, three examination-waves have been completed, SHIP-0 (1997-2001), SHIP-1 (2002 -2006) and SHIP-2 (2008-2012). SHIP-3 started in 2014. The baseline examination of the second cohort ‘SHIP-Trend’ was performed between 2008 and 2012 and the follow-up is projected for 2015.

Marker Paper

Völzke H, Alte D, Schmidt CO et al., Cohort profile: the study of health in Pomerania. Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Apr;40(2):294-307. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyp394. Epub 2010 Feb 18.

PUBMED 20167617

Recruitment

Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
8,728
Number of participants with biosamples
8,728

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other

Timeline

Populations

A representative sample of men and women aged between 20 and 79 years was drawn using a two-stage stratified and cluster sampling scheme. First, 32 communities in the region were selected. Second, within the communities a simple random sample was drawn from residence registries, stratified by gender and age.

Selection Criteria
Minimum age
20
Maximum age
79
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • Germany
Territory

Western Pomerania (federal state: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), primary residence in the cities of Greifswald and Stralsund or counties Ostvorpommern and Nordvorpommern

Ethnic Origin
  • While not being an explicit selection criterion, the entire sample is Caucasian.

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population
General Population
  • Volunteer enrolment
  • Selected sample

Number of participants

Number of participants
4,308
Number of participants with biosamples
4,308
Supplementary Information

SHIP-0: 4308

SHIP-1: 3300

SHIP-2: 2333

Data Collection Events
# Name Description Start End
0 SHIP-0

SHIP-0 examinations were conducted between the 16th of October 1997 and the 19th of May 2001. Examinations included four parts: medical examination, oral health examination, health- interview ...

1997-10 2001-05
0 SHIP - Morbidity and Mortality follow-up

In the mortality follow-up, annual collection of information on vital status from population registries is done. For deceased persons, death certificates are requested from the local ...

1997-10 2015
0 SHIP-1

The 5-year follow-up commenced on the 23rd of October 2002 and was completed on September 1st, 2006. Examinations included four parts: medical examination, oral health examination, health- ...

2002-10 2006-09
0 SHIP-2

The 11-year follow-up commenced on the June 25th, 2008 and was completed on September 27th, 2012. Examinations included four parts: medical examination, oral health examination, ...

2008-06 2012-09
0 SHIP-3

The 17-year follow-up started in 2014 and is still ongoing. Examinations include four parts: medical examination, oral health examination, health- interview and questionnaire.

2014 2015

A representative sample of men and women aged 20 - 79 years was drawn from the central population registry using a stratified random sampling scheme with age, sex and county as strata. The SHIP-trend population largely overlaps with the SHIP-0 population.

Selection Criteria
Minimum age
20
Maximum age
79
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • Germany
Territory

Western Pomerania (federal state: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), primary residence in the cities of Greifswald and Stralsund or counties Ostvorpommern and Nordvorpommern

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population
General Population
  • Volunteer enrolment
  • Selected sample

Number of participants

Number of participants
4,420
Number of participants with biosamples
4,420
Data Collection Events
# Name Description Start End
0 SHIP-TREND-0

The first examinations of this cohort commenced in September, 2008 and were completed in September, 2013. Examinations included four parts: medical examination, oral health examination, health- ...

2008-09 2012-09
0 SHIP-TREND - Mortality and Morbidity follow-up

In the mortality follow-up, annual collection of information on vital status from population registries is done. For deceased persons, death certificates are requested from the local health ...

2008-09 2015
0 SHIP-TREND-1

SHIP-TREND first follow-up is projected for 2015. Examinations will include four parts: medical examination, oral health examination, health- interview and questionnaire.

2015 2015