Design and conduct of occupational epidemiology studies: I. Design aspects of cohort studies

Am J Ind Med. 1989;15(4):363-73. doi: 10.1002/ajim.4700150402.


Cohort and case-control studies are two standard approaches for investigating the etiology of occupational diseases. This paper, which is the first of a four-part series, contains a review of the design features of occupational cohort studies. Topics discussed include the basic features of prospective and historical cohort studies, options for defining the cohort, disease incidence ascertainment, and considerations involved in planning an occupational cohort study. Subsequent papers in this series will focus on data analysis of occupational cohort studies and the design and analysis of occupational case-control studies.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies*
  • Epidemiologic Methods*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Occupational Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Research Design*