Why carry out a longitudinal birth survey?

J Golding, RW Jones, M-N Bruné, J Pronczuk

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In spite of technological progress throughout the world, ill health, both physical and mental, is widespread – but much of this is preventable. With rapid globalisation, populations in both industrialised and developing countries are being exposed to various stresses and to new environmental factors, such as those related to climate change and to an increasing range of chemicals of unknown effect. There is substantial evidence that exposures to environmental risk factors in pregnancy and childhood have a major influence on health and development even into adulthood and future generations. In this paper we discuss the importance of longitudinal studies in identifying the processes underlying health and developmental problems and thus, by using the strengths of birth cohort studies, identifying preventative and other strategies which will protect public health from adverse environmental influences.
Translated title of the contributionWhy carry out a longitudinal birth survey?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 14
Number of pages14
JournalPaediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Volume23 (S1)
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


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