Background: The overall objective of the Ansan Geriatric Study (AGE study) was to describe the prevalence, incidence, and related risk factors for geriatric diseases in elderly Koreans. Methods/Design: The AGE study was designed as a population-based prospective cohort study on health, aging, and common geriatric diseases of elderly Koreans aged 60 to 84 years. The inception cohort was recruited in May 2002. The first-wave and second-wave studies were performed using uniform and structured procedures. At the screening study, 2,767 participants were enrolled. Participants (1391 in the first wave study and 841 in the second wave study) were recruited and completed the evaluation. The prevalence of geriatric disease and related factors in elderly Koreans were estimated. Discussion: Here, we report the design and sampling participants, measurement tools, and characteristics of the AGE study. This cohort study will allow a detailed study of the longitudinal comprehensive data on health information of elderly Koreans, thereby contributing to policy formulation and planning of health, welfare management, and other social services in Korea.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This study was mainly supported by Korea National Institute of Health Intramural Research Grant (091-4800-4845-300-210-13) and partly by Korea University Grant (to Dr. Park MH). The authors would like to thank to Hae-Won Lim, Soo-Min Lee, Sang-Hee Kang, and Eunkyung Kim for their devoting themselves in subject recruitment, management, and clinical data input. The authors would also like to thank all those who participated in the AGE study to date.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology