Individual Study / RECORD

The Residential Environment and Coronary heart Disease Study

The Residential Environment and Coronary heart Disease Study

Initiatives -
Aims: 1. The first aim of the study is to describe and quantify geographic disparities between socially advantaged and disadvantaged neighbourhoods in cardiovascular risk factors, related use of health-care services, cardiovascular disease prevalence and incidence, and other health outcomes. 2. The second aim is to investigate associations between numerous neighbourhood dimensions and all of these outcomes, and to assess whether such influences contribute to neighbourhood socio-economic disparities in health. Promoting an integrative view of the environment, our goal is to account for the physical environment, the service environment, the social–interactional environment (i.e. social interactions in the neighbourhood) and the symbolic environment (i.e. representations and identities, sometimes positive, sometimes stigmatizing, associated with the different neighbourhoods). 3. The third aim is to examine whether and how individual mobility patterns, in shaping environmental exposures within activity spaces and as a source of physical activity, contribute to the health disparities documented between social groups and territories. 4. The fourth aim is to explore the mediating mechanisms through which neighbourhood characteristics influence health outcomes. The potential mediators of interest include health and health-care utilization behaviour; the cognitive, affective and relational experiences made in one's environment; psychological characteristics of participants; and the psycho-cognitive determinants of behaviour. ****
Start Year
End Year
the Institute for Public Health Research (Institut de Recherche en Santé Publique); the National Institute for Prevention and Health Education (Institut National de Prévention et d'Education pour la Santé) (grants from the Prevention Program 2007; financial support for 2010–11 and 2011–13); the National Institute of Public Health Surveillance (Institut de Veille Sanitaire) (grants from Territory and Health Program); the French Ministries of Research and Health (Epidemiologic Cohorts Grant 2008); the National Health Insurance Office for Salaried Workers (Caisse Nationale d'Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés); the Ile-de-France Regional Council (Conseil Régional d’Île-de-France, DIM SEnT and CODDIM); the National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) (grants from Health–Environment Program 2005); the Ile-de-France Regional Health Agency (Agence Régionale de Santé); the City of Paris (Ville de Paris); the Ile-de-France Youth, Sports and Social Cohesion Regional Direction (Direction Régionale de la Jeunesse, des Sports et de la Cohésion Sociale); the Swedish Research Council (PI: J.M.); the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (PI: Y.K.).


Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Basille Chaix
    Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
The participants were recruited in 2007–08. For the second wave of the RECORD Study, all of the participants are invited to have another health examination in 2011–12.

Marker Paper

Chaix B, Kestens Y, Bean K, Leal C, Karusisi N, Meghiref K, Burban J, Fon Sing M, Perchoux C, Thomas F, Merlo J, Pannier B. Cohort profile: residential and non-residential environments, individual activity spaces and cardiovascular risk factors and diseases--the RECORD Cohort Study. Int J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct;41(5):1283-92. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyr107. Epub 2011 Jul 7.

PUBMED 21737405


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals
  • Families

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Aged 30–79 years (Paris or 111 other municipalities of the metropolitan area)


Availability of data and biosamples