Individual Study / FMC- health examination

Finnish Mobile Clinic Health Examination

Finnish Mobile Clinic Health Examination

Initiatives -
To detect diseases at an early stage in a large population survey and to provide information for health research.
Start Year
End Year
The study was initiated and mainly funded by the Social Insurance Institution, Finland, and later transferred to the Biobank of the National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland
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Investigators Contacts
  • MD, Dr Markku Heliövaara
    National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Dr Paul Knekt
    National Institute for Health and Welfare


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
About 30% of the participants of FMC were re-examined once, 5-7 years after baseline, and about 20% of the participants of MFS were twice invited for re-examination, 20 and 31 years after baseline. Follow-up information from nationwide health registers was linked to the surveys, using a unique national personal identification number. The follow-up was started at the beginning of the study in 1966 and the follow-up information for all individuals invited to the surveys has been updated every year since.

Marker Paper

Knekt P, Rissanen H, Järvinen R, Heliövaara M. Cohort Profile: The Finnish Mobile Clinic Health Surveys FMC, FMCF and MFS. Int J Epidemiol. 2017 Dec 1;46(6):1760-1761i. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyx092.

PUBMED 29040560


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

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