Health workers cohort study: methods and study design

Salud Publica Mex. Nov-Dec 2016;58(6):708-716. doi: 10.21149/spm.v58i6.8299.


Objective:: To examine different health outcomes that are associated with specific lifestyle and genetic factors.

Materials and methods:: From March 2004 to April 2006, a sample of employees from three different health and academic institutions, as well as their family members, were enrolled in the study after providing informed consent. At baseline and follow-up (2010-2013), participants completed a self-administered questionnaire, a physical examination, and provided blood samples.

Results:: A total of 10 729 participants aged 6 to 94 years were recruited at baseline. Of these, 70% were females, and 50% were from the Mexican Social Security Institute. Nearly 42% of the adults in the sample were overweight, while 20% were obese.

Conclusion:: Our study can offer new insights into disease mechanisms and prevention through the analysis of risk factor information in a large sample of Mexicans.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Disease / etiology*
  • Family*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel*
  • Health Surveys / methods*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Mexico
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Examination
  • Primary Prevention / methods
  • Research Design
  • Risk Factors