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Type: Journal article
Title: The Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS): Design procedures & participants
Author: Martin, S.
Haren, M.
Middleton, S.
Wittert, G.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 2007; 7(126):1-15
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1471-2458
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Sean A Martin, Matthew T Haren, Sue M Middleton, Gary A Wittert and Members of the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS)
Abstract: Background: The Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS) examines the reproductive, physical and psychological health, and health service utilisation of the ageing male in Australia. We describe the rationale for the study, the methods used participant response rates, representativeness and attrition to date. Methods: FAMAS is a longitudinal study involving approximately 1200 randomly selected men, aged 35–80 years and living in the north – west regions of Adelaide. Respondents were excluded at screening if they were considered incapable of participating because of immobility, language, or an inability to undertake the study procedures. Following a telephone call to randomly selected households, eligible participants were invited to attend a baseline clinic measuring a variety of biomedical and socio-demographic factors. Beginning in 2002, these clinics are scheduled to reoccur every five years. Follow-up questionnaires are completed annually. Participants are also invited to participate in sub-studies with selected collaborators. Results: Of those eligible to participate, 45.1% ultimately attended a clinic. Non-responders were more likely to live alone, be current smokers, have a higheevalence of self-reported diabetes and stroke, and lower levels of hypercholesterolemia. Comparisons with the Census 2001 data showed that participants matched the population for most key demographics, although younger groups and never married men were under-represented and elderly participants were over-represented. To date, there has been an annual loss to follow-up of just over 1%. Conclusion: FAMAS allows a detailed investigation into the effects of bio-psychosocial and behavioural factors on the health and ageing of a largely representative group of Australian men.
Keywords: Members of the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS)
Longitudinal Studies
Health Behavior
Reproductive Medicine
Health Status
Research Design
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Health Services
South Australia
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Surveys and Questionnaires
Rights: Copyright © 2007 Martin et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-7-126
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