Community Health Study

This study was carried out on Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents residing in public housing estates within 2 towns – Bukit Panjang (40 years old and above) and Queenstown (21 years old and above). The study aims to identify the health needs of the residents with the aim to recommend health improvement programmes and care services; and to study genetic and environmental risk factors for common chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia through following up on the cohort. For participants aged 65 years or older, additional measures of healthy physical and cognitive ageing were collected.

A total of 4909 Bukit Panjang residents were interviewed, of which 3801 underwent the health screening. In Queenstown, 2951 residents were interviewed and 1577 underwent health screening. In total, 7860 were enrolled between May 2015 and August 2016.

 Interview data  Physical examination  Laboratory tests
  • Socio-demographic characteristics
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical activity
  • Medication use
  • Medical history
  • Medical screening practice
  • Health-related Quality of Life (EQ-5D)
  • Mental health (Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.) – depression, mania and generalized anxiety disorder)
  • * Oral health
  • * Activities of Daily Living (Barthel)
  • * Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (Lawton)
  • * Cognitive test (MMSE)
  • * FRAILTY
  • * Falls risk
  • * 3-min Nutritional Survey
  • Height, weight, hip and waist circumferences
  • Blood pressure
  • Ankle Brachial Index
  • Visual acuity
  • Screening audiometry
  • Hand grip strength
  • * Timed-Up-&-Go
  • Serum creatinine
  • Fasting glucose
  • Glucose tolerance test
  • Blood lipids
  • HbA1c
  • Albumin/creatinine ratio
  • C-reactive protein (hsCRP)
  • * Serum albumin
  • * Full blood count
  • * Iron panel
  • * Hepcidin
  • * Interleukin-6
  • * Tumour Necrosis Factor-alpha
  • * Interferon-gamma
  • * Erythropoietin

* Performed only for a sub-group of 65 years old and older participants

Baseline survey report on Bukit Panjang
Baseline survey report on Queenstown

Consent form
Data collection form

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Last updated on 14 September 2017