Background: The objective of the KORA-Age research consortium is to assess the determinants and consequences of multimorbidity in the elderly and to look into reasons for successful aging in the general public.
Patients and methods: In the KORA-Age cohort study 9,197 persons were included who where born in the year 1943 or before and participants of previous KORA cohort studies conducted between 1984 and 2001 (KORA: Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg). The randomized intervention study KORINNA (Coronary infarct follow-up treatment in the elderly) tested a nurse-based case management program with 338 patients with myocardial infarct and included an evaluation in health economics.
Results: A total of 2,734 deaths were registered, 4,565 participants submitted a postal health status questionnaire and 4,127 participants were interviewed by telephone (response 76.2% and 68.9% respectively). A gender and age-stratified random sample of the cohort consisting of 1,079 persons took part in a physical examination (response 53.8%).
Conclusion: The KORA-Age consortium was able to collect data in a large population-based sample and is contributing to the understanding of multimorbidity and successful aging.