Cohort profile: The Tasmanian Longitudinal Health STUDY (TAHS)

Melanie C. Matheson, Michael J. Abramson, Katrina Allen, Geza Benke, John A. Burgess, James G. Dowty, Bircan Erbas, Iain H. Feather, Peter A. Frith, Graham G. Giles, Lyle C. Gurrin, Garun S. Hamilton, John L. Hopper, Alan L. James, Mark A. Jenkins, David P. Johns, Caroline J. Lodge, Adrian J. Lowe, James Markos, Stephen C. MorrisonJennifer L. Perret, Melissa C. Southey, Paul S. Thomas, Bruce R. Thompson, Richard Wood-Baker, Eugene Haydn Walters, Shyamali C. Dharmage, for the TAHS Investigator Group

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    The Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS), originally named the Tasmanian Asthma Survey, was initiated to examine the prevalence and natural history of asthma in childhood.1 In 1967 the Tasmanian Health Minister, who was the head of the School Health Service, gave his approval to carry out the survey on all children born in 1961 and attending school in the island state of Tasmania, Australia. The original aims of the survey were to provide an epidemiological description of childhood asthma, which has a variable natural history requiring: (i) an estimate of its prevalence among children of a suitable age; (ii) an estimate of the probability that an individual will change disease status during any given period; and (iii) an estimate of any secular trend, specifically any tendency for the incidence to vary over time...
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)407-408i
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational journal of epidemiology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017


    • asthma
    • follow-up
    • relationship - sibling
    • proband


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