Shahrekord Cohort Study
The Shahrekord Cohort Study was funded by Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education (number 700/120), to develop cohort studies across Iran, and financially and nonfinancially supported by the SKUMS (number 2763).
Prospective cohort studies are considered ideal choices to study multiple outcomes and risk factors for Non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Our aim is to analyze risk factors, incidence rates, prevalence, trends, and the models of environmental and genetic determinants of NCDs and their outcomes as well as interaction among such determinants.
Shahrekord cohort study (SCS) that is a population-based prospective, study on a cohort consisting of people aged 35-70 years started in November 2015 in Iran.
The sample size of the original cohort is at least 10000 people. Annual follow-ups (200000 person-year) of the cohort were designed to be conducted up to 2036.
Exposures (a detailed demographic, socioeconomic, general health, quality of life, physical activity, anthropometric indexes, stress, health literacy, social capital, nutrition and eating habits, lifestyle, occupational history, living place, blindness, deafness, electrocardiography, lung capacities, blood pressure, sleep, smoking and alcohol, contact to animals, physical examinations and medical history, dental health, used drugs and supplements, glucose and lipid profiles) were measured by relevant standard methods and questionnaires.
Incidence of common NCDs (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, gastrointestinal, respiratory, renal, hepatic, accidents, injury and neurological diseases), trend of risk factors, hospitalization, disability, and death were considered the outcomes of the cohort.
The definition of disease was determined based on the International Classification of Diseases 10th version (ICD-10).
Routine hematologic and biochemical tests were conducted and an all-inclusive biobank (blood, hair, nail, and urine specimens) of the cohort was stored for future studies.
All steps of data collection and examinations are directly monitored by the quality control team.
The SCS is a unique study conducted in southwest of Iran that is a notable work given the climate conditions and ethnicity population (especially in Bakhtiari) of this region.
By providing high quality the protocol and introduce it, the SCS can serve as a solid foundation for management and researchers in southwest of Iran. The SCS provides prerequisites for collaboration and regional, national, and international studies on NCDs. Data are available at the Modeling in Health Research Center, Shahrekord University of Medical Sciences, Shahrekord, Iran, for any collaboration.
The study that is ongoing. The general information is available from: http://cohort.skums.ac.ir.
All researchers across Iran and the world can have free access to the findings of this study, and necessary processes are available at the Cohort website to reproduce the research project, participate in collaborative research projects, and use the data.
After enrolment, under conditions of collaboration and endowment, Access to the data is available for interest researchers from corresponding cohort (firstname.lastname@example.org) or from http://persiancohort.com/access