Cohort profile: The Jerusalem longitudinal cohort study

Jeremy M. Jacobs*, Aaron Cohen, Michael Bursztyn, Daniel Azoulay, Eliana Ein-mor, Jochanan Stessman

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Original languageAmerican English
Article numberdyn252
Pages (from-to)1464-1469
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 4 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes

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After fruitful collaboration in the late 1980s with Alvar Svanborg, the leader of the Gottenberg Longitudinal Study of 70 year olds, we decided to initiate a long-term longitudinal study of ageing among Jerusalem residents, who are a uniquely heterogeneous elderly population, including immigrants from the America, Europe, Africa and Asia. The study, which was designed to follow a birth cohort from age 70 at baseline as they advanced with age, still remains the only such study of its kind both in scope and magnitude in the geographical region. Funding was provided in part by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, the National Insurance Institute (the Israeli Social Security administration), Eshel—the Association for the Planning and Development of Services for the Aged in Israel, as well as several private and charitable funds. Following a pilot feasibility study in 1989, with subsequent refinement of the study protocols and questionnaires, the Jerusalem Longitudinal Cohort study was established in 1990,6 with follow-up continuing up until the present time.

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