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A prospective analysis of risk factors for Alzheimer's disease was a major objective of the Canadian Study of Health and Aging, a nationwide, population-based study. Of 6,434 eligible subjects aged 65 years or older in 1991, 4,615 were alive in 1996 and participated in the follow-up study. All participants were cognitively normal in 1991 when they completed(More)
Correlates of nonparticipation in the community interview component of the Canadian Study of Health and Aging and their impact on bias in the results were analyzed. Characteristics of study subjects, their habitats, and encouragement techniques were analyzed to identify correlates of variation in response rates across the 18 study centers. Refusal rates(More)
To study the role of commercial fishing and related factors in the development of lip cancer, a project that included a case-control study and a cohort analysis was undertaken in Newfoundland. Household survey data were linked with cancer-registry and census data. In comparison with other males, fishermen had a probability of development of lip cancer that(More)
The association between marital status and mortality is well known; marital status has also been related to morbidity. In this paper, we examine the importance of marital status in relation to the presence or absence of dementia and to institutional residence, using data from the Canadian Study of Health and Aging. Three groups are compared: married, single(More)
Systematic errors occur in the reports of disease frequency derived from health surveys based on questionnaire interviews. Five hundred and thirty-three persons with clinically and histologically confirmed disease in a case-control study of cancer were interviewed in their homes by carefully trained interviewers using a standardized questionnaire interview(More)
The Canadian Study of Health and Aging was a complex undertaking that faced management challenges not encountered by smaller-scale projects. The study followed 10,263 elderly people in 18 study centers spanning six time zones; it was administered in two languages, and over 70 investigators were involved. The data collected from each participant were not(More)
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