Taanila H, Rönkä AR, Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi S, et al. J Epidemiol Community Health 2022;76:1019–1026.
Associations between cohort study participation and self-reported health and well-being : the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 Study
|Author:||Taanila, Heli1; Rönkä, Anna Reetta2; Keinänen-Kiukaanniemi, Sirkka3,4,5;|
1Research Unit of Clinical Medicine, Psychiatry, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2History of Sciences and Ideas, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Center for Life Course Health Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4Medical Research Center, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Healthcare and Social Services of Selänne, Pyhäjärvi, Finland
6Northern Finland Birth Cohorts, Arctic Biobank, Infrastructure for Population Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
7Unit of General Practice, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
8Research Unit of Clinical Medicine, Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
9Clinic of Child Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2023051143428
|Publish Date:|| 2023-05-11
Aim: The aim of this study was to explore whether active participation in a longitudinal birth cohort study is associated with study participants’ health behaviour and well-being.
Methods: The subjects of this study were part of the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966. The follow-up data were collected through clinical examinations and questionnaires when the cohort members were 1, 14, 31 and 46 years old. In this study, cohort participation activity was divided into three categories: active, semiactive and least active.
Results: The total number of study participants who participated in the 46-year follow-up on both the survey and clinical trials was 6392, of which 66.5% (n=4268) participated actively in the cohort study. A total of 67.6% were female (p<0.001). Of the participants, 23.7% (n=1519) were semiactive and 9.5% (n=605) were the least active. Women who participated least actively experienced statistically significantly more depressive symptoms and poorer health, were more dissatisfied with their lives and had more addiction problems. In men, there was not a statistically significant association between participation activity and these well-being variables other than addiction problems and mental health.
Conclusions: The findings indicate that participation activity is associated with better self-reported health and well-being, especially among women. With this knowledge, people can be encouraged to participate in longitudinal health research and, at the same time, may improve their own health and quality of life.
Journal of epidemiology and community health
|Pages:||1019 - 1026|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Academy of Finland project funding. Project: Lives over time: Birth cohort studies as a form of scientific knowledge production (LIVES). Grant number: 318458.
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
318458 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2022. This article has been accepted for publication in Journal of epidemiology and community health, 2022 following peer review, and the Version of Record can be accessed online at https://doi.org/10.1136/jech-2022-219229.