The First SPHS Follow-Up

In this follow-up, we will attempt to revisit all the participants of the MEC, DC, SH and CHS cohorts who were previously surveyed 3 to 5 years ago. This follow-up phase began in September 2016 and will end in December 2020.

For some of the participants who were enrolled in MEC and DC before 2011, this follow-up will be the second follow-up round. For the rest of the participants who were enrolled in SPHS from 2011 onwards, this follow-up will be the first follow-up round.

This table lists the core set of variables that will be collected in this follow-up:

 Interview data  Physical examination  Laboratory tests
  • Socio-demographic characteristics
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Physical activity
  • Sleep quality (PSQI)
  • Medical history
  • Medication use
  • Women’s health
  • Height, weight, hip and waist circumferences
  • Blood pressure
  • Ankle Brachial Index
  • Resting electrocardiogram
  • Assessment of foot sensory function by monofilament and neurothesiometer
  • Hand grip strength
  • Serum creatinine
  • Fasting / random glucose
  • Blood lipids
  • HbA1c
  • Urine albumin(semi-quantitative)

Follow-up on MEC (Phase I) , DC and SH2012

Below are the variables additional to the core set:

 Interview data  Physical examination
  • Caregiving (SH2012 cohort only)
  • Workability
  • Skin health
  • Cognitive screening for aged 40 and over (MMSE)
  • Barthel ADL for aged 65 and over
  • Lawton’s IADL for aged 65 and over
  • Health-related Quality of Life (SF-36)
  • Visual acuity
  • Timed-Up-&-Go for aged 40 and over
  • Spirometry for aged 35-80

Consent form
Data collection form
Data collection form used in online survey and telephone interview

Follow-up on MEC (Phase II):

Below are the variables additional to the core set:

 Interview data
  • Acculturation
  • Diet (FFQ)
  • Eating patterns
  • Health-related Quality of Life (EQ-5D)
  • Wellbeing (The Stanford Well for Life scale)
  • Community environment survey

Consent form
Data collection form
Data collection form used in online survey and telephone interview

Follow-up on SH2:

Below are the variables additional to the core set:

 Interview data  Physical examination
  • Caregiving
  • Rapid Positive Mental Health Instrument
  • Cognitive screening for aged 40 and over (MMSE)
  • Barthel ADL for aged 65 and over
  • Lawton’s IADL for aged 65 and over
  • Health-related Quality of Life (SF-36)
  • Visual acuity
  • Timed-Up-&-Go for aged 40 and over

Consent form
Data collection form
Data collection form used in online survey and telephone interview

Physical Activity and Nutrition Determinants in Asia (PANDA)

PANDA is one of the School’s interdisciplinary research programmes which aims to understand and promote lifestyle behaviours in the urban Asian setting. Two specific research areas of PANDA will be explored within The First Follow-up:
(1) Study of the physical, socio-cultural, political and economic environmental factors that influence food choice and physical activity. Some 3000 participants will be surveyed on these factors.
(2) Evaluate how the interaction between individuals and their environment affect their diet and activity patterns in real-life using mobile technology and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methodology. About 500 participants will undergo an objective assessment of their physical activity and also a mobile app enabled EMA.
For more details on PANDA, please refer to its blogsite http://blog.nus.edu.sg/sphpanda.


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Last updated on 20 February 2018