The Rochester Epidemiology Project: exploiting the capabilities for population-based research in rheumatic diseases

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2011 Jan;50(1):6-15. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/keq199. Epub 2010 Jul 13.


The Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP) is a patient record-based database based upon a medical records-linkage system for all residents of the Olmsted County, MN, USA. This comprehensive system includes all health-care providers of patients resident in this geographically defined region. It uniquely enables long-term population-based studies of all medical conditions occurring in this population; their incidence and prevalence; permits examination of disease risk and protective factors, health resource utilization and cost as well as translational studies in rheumatic diseases.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Epidemiologic Studies
  • Humans
  • Medical Record Linkage / methods
  • Minnesota
  • Research Design
  • Rheumatic Diseases / epidemiology*