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The Rotterdam Study is a prospective cohort study ongoing since 1990 in the city of Rotterdam in The Netherlands. The study targets cardiovascular, endocrine, hepatic, neurological, ophthalmic, psychiatric, dermatological, oncological, and respiratory diseases. As of 2008, 14,926 subjects aged 45 years or over comprise the Rotterdam Study cohort. The findings of the Rotterdam Study have been presented in over a 1,000 research articles and reports (see www.erasmus-epidemiology.nl/rotterdamstudy ). This article gives the rationale of the study and its design. It also presents a summary of the major findings and an update of the objectives and methods.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s10654-011-9610-5

Type

Journal article

Journal

Eur J Epidemiol

Publication Date

08/2011

Volume

26

Pages

657 - 686

Keywords

Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Chronic Disease, Cohort Studies, Epidemiologic Research Design, Female, Humans, Incidence, Life Expectancy, Male, Middle Aged, Netherlands, Population Dynamics, Risk Assessment