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Type: Journal article
Title: Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort study: follow-up processes at 20 years
Author: Sayers, S.
Singh, G.
Mackerras, D.
Lawrance, M.
Gunthorpe, W.
Jamieson, L.
Davison, B.
Schutz, K.
Fitz, J.
Citation: BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2009; 9(1):1-10
Publisher: BioMed Cental Ltd
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1472-698X
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Susan Sayers, Gurmeet Singh, Dorothy Mackerras, Megan Lawrance,Wendy Gunthorpe, Lisa Jamieson, Belinda Davison, Kobi Schutz and Joseph Fitz
Abstract: Background: In 1987, a prospective study of an Australian Aboriginal Birth Cohort was established focusing on the relationships of fetal and childhood growth with the risk of chronic adult disease. However as the study is being conducted in a highly marginalized population it is also an important resource for cross-sectional descriptive and analytical studies. The aim of this paper is to describe the processes of the third follow up which was conducted 20 years after recruitment at birth. Methods: Progressive steps in a multiphase protocol were used for tracing, with modifications for the expected rural or urban location of the participants. Results: Of the original 686 cohort participants recruited 68 were untraced and 27 were known to have died. Of the 591 available for examination 122 were not examined; 11 of these were refusals and the remainder were not seen for logistical reasons relating to inclement weather, mobility of participants and single participants living in very remote locations. Conclusion: The high retention rate of this follow-up 20 years after birth recruitment is a testament to the development of successful multiphase protocols aimed at overcoming the challenges of tracing a cohort over a widespread remote area and also to the perseverance of the study personnel. We also interpret the high retention rate as a reflection of the good will of the wider Aboriginal community towards this study and that researchers interactions with the community were positive. The continued follow-up of this life course study now seems feasible and there are plans to trace and reexamine the cohort at age 25 years.
Rights: © 2009 Sayers 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.
RMID: 0020096483
DOI: 10.1186/1472-698X-9-23
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