Individual Study / COURAGE

Collaborative Research on Ageing in Europe

Collaborative Research on Ageing in Europe

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Initiatives -
The main aims of the project were: 1) to develop assessment instruments; 2) to show the reliability and validity of the assessment instruments; 3) to show substantial innovations in ageing survey methodology; and 4) to provide cross-population analysis and a baseline for longitudinal data collection.
Start Year
2011
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr Matilde Leonardi
    Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Neurologico Carlo Besta

Design

Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Second waves have been conducted only in Poland and Spain, four and three years after baseline, respectively.

Marker Paper

Leonardi M, Chatterji S, Koskinen S et al (2014). Determinants of health and disability in ageing population: the COURAGE in Europe Project (collaborative research on ageing in Europe). Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 21(3): 193-198.

PUBMED 23881690

Recruitment

Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
10,800
Number of participants with biosamples

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other
The following information will be made available to researchers upon submission of a data use agreement from a secure website maintained by the ATHLOS Consortium: 1) the information extracted and documented from each survey; 2) survey files with the original variables as well as transformed variables; 3) a compiled data set and the algorithms used to generate common variables with complete metadata that meet Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) standards; and 4) all syntax or algorithms used to perform the data analyses, with complete documentation of rationale, choice of models and procedures.

Timeline

Populations

Non-institutionalised population from Finland ages 18 and older.
Selection Criteria
Minimum age
18
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • Finland
Ethnic Origin
Health Status

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population
  • Participants from existing studies
General Population
  • Selected sample
Participants from existing studies

Number of participants

Number of participants
1,976
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Event
The information was collected with a face-to-face structured interview carried out at respondents' homes, via Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing. A multistage clustered design was used to obtain nationally representative samples at baseline. The information collected during the interview included Socio-Demographic Characteristics, Work History and Benefits, Health State Descriptions, Anthropometrics and Performance Tests, Risk Factors and Preventive Health Behaviours, Chronic Conditions and Health Services Coverage, Health Care Utilization, Social Cohesion Social Network Questionnaire (CSN), Subjective Well-Being and Quality of Life (CQoL), Built Environment Self-Reported Questionnaire (CBE-SR), among others related to the household and interviewer assessment.
Start Date
2011-04
End Date
2012-05
Data sources
  • Questionnaires
  • Physical measures
Non-institutionalised population from Poland ages 18 and older.
Selection Criteria
Minimum age
18
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • Poland
Ethnic Origin
Health Status

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population
  • Participants from existing studies
General Population
  • Selected sample
Participants from existing studies

Number of participants

Number of participants
4,071
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Events
# Name Description Start End
0 COURAGE-Poland-Baseline The information was collected with a face-to-face structured interview carried out at respondents' homes, via Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing. A multistage clustered design was used to ... 2011-04 2012-05
1 COURAGE-Poland-Follow-up 1 A follow-up of the baseline wave has been conducted in the Polish sample of the COURAGE in Europe project with the same interview's content as in baseline. The final number of participants in this ... 2015-10 2016-02
Non-institutionalised population from Spain ages 18 and older.
Selection Criteria
Minimum age
18
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • Spain
Ethnic Origin
Health Status

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population
  • Participants from existing studies
General Population
  • Selected sample
Participants from existing studies

Number of participants

Number of participants
4,752
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Events
# Name Description Start End
0 COURAGE-Spain-Baseline The information was collected with a face-to-face structured interview carried out at respondents' homes, via Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing. A multistage clustered design was used to ... 2011-04 2012-05
1 COURAGE-Spain-Follow-up 1 A follow-up of the baseline wave has been conducted in the Spanish sample between December 2014 and June 2015 with the same interview's content as in baseline. The mean time of follow-up was 3.25 ... 2014-02 2015-06