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-quantitive)

Additional variables in the follow-up on MEC (Phase I) , DC and SH2012:

 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

Additional variables in the follow-up on MEC (Phase II):

 Interview data
  • Acculturation
  • Diet (FFQ)
  • Eating patterns
  • Health-related Quality of Life (EQ-5D)
  • Wellbeing

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Last updated on 21 June 2017