The life course prospective design: an example of benefits and problems associated with study longevity.

@article{Wadsworth2003TheLC,
  title={The life course prospective design: an example of benefits and problems associated with study longevity.},
  author={Michael E. J. Wadsworth and Sara L Butterworth and Rebecca Hardy and Diana Kuh and M Richards and Claudia Langenberg and Warren S Hilder and Martin Connor},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={57 11},
  pages={2193-205}
}
Although the life course prospective study design has many benefits, and information from such studies is in increasing demand for scientific and policy purposes, it has potential inherent design problems associated with its longevity. These are in particular the fixed sample structure and the data collected in early life, which are each determined by the scientific principles of another time and the risk over time of increased sample loss and distortion through loss. The example of a national… CONTINUE READING

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