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01.12.2014 | Study protocol | Ausgabe 1/2014 Open Access

BMC Geriatrics 1/2014

The Korean urban rural elderly cohort study: study design and protocol

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BMC Geriatrics > Ausgabe 1/2014
Autoren:
Eun Young Lee, Hyeon Chang Kim, Yumie Rhee, Yoosik Youm, Kyoung Min Kim, Ju Mi Lee, Dong Phil Choi, Young Mi Yun, Chang Oh Kim
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1471-2318-14-33) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

EYL contributed to the drafting and revision of the manuscript, supervision of the study, and acquisition of data. HCK contributed to the revision of the manuscript, design/supervision of the study, and statistical methodology. YR contributed to the revision of the manuscript and design/supervision of the study. YY contributed to the revision of the manuscript and design/ supervision of the study with specific focus on social network. KMK contributed to the revision of the manuscript and supervision of the study. JML contributed to the revision of the manuscript, design/supervision of the study, and acquisition of data. DPC contributed to the revision of the manuscript, supervision of the study, and acquisition of data. YMY contributed to the revision of the manuscript and acquisition/management of data. COK contributed to the revision of the manuscript and design/supervision of the study. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

Background

Korea is one of the fastest aging countries and is expected to become a super-aged society within 12 years. The Korean Urban Rural Elderly (KURE) study was developed to evaluate the epidemiological characteristics and establish the prevention and management of major disorders of the elderly in Korea.

Methods/Design

The KURE study is a community-based prospective cohort study on health, aging, and common geriatric disorders of Korean elderly persons aged at least 65 years. To construct a cohort reflecting both urban and rural areas, we selected 2 representative communities in the country. To establish multidisciplinary approaches to geriatric health, this study was performed by researchers in the divisions of geriatrics, preventive medicine, endocrinology, and sociology. The baseline examinations began in 2012; the study will follow more than 4,000 elderly Koreans over 10 years. The first and second follow-up health examinations will be performed every 4 years. Every 2 years after each health examination, inter-assessment interview will be conducted to improve participant retention.

Discussion

The KURE study will provide longitudinal epidemiologic data on health, aging, and common geriatric disorders of the elderly in Korea. This is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary study of the elderly with respect to biological, physical, socio-economic, and environmental factors. The results of this study will contribute to improve public health and welfare policies for the aging society in Korea.
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