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COHORT STUDYByDr.N.Bayapa ReddyPost GraduateDept.of Community MedicineS.V.Medical collegeTirupati : 

COHORT STUDYByDr.N.Bayapa ReddyPost GraduateDept.of Community MedicineS.V.Medical collegeTirupati

COHORT STUDY : 

COHORT STUDY PROSPECTIVE STUDY LONGITUDINAL STUDY INCIDENCE STUDY FORWARD LOOKING STUDY PANEL STUDY

Concept of cohort : 

Concept of cohort It is an observational analytical study Cohorts are “a group of people who share common characteristics or an experience within a defined time period”. Ex: Birth cohort Exposure cohort Marriage cohort

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES : 

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES It attempts to study the relationship between a purported cause (exposure) and the subsequent risk of developing the disease. There is neither randomization nor attempt to manipulate the exposure. Cohorts are identified prior to the disease under investigation. The study groups, so defined are observed over a period of times to determine the frequency of disease among them. The study proceeds forward from cause to effect.

Indications for cohort studies : 

Indications for cohort studies When there is a good evidence of association. When exposure is rare and incidence is high among exposed. When attrition is minimum. When ample funds are available.

Framework of a cohort study : 

Framework of a cohort study Cohort Disease yes no Total Exposed a b a+b Not Exposed c d c+d -------------------------------------------------------- Total a+c b+d

General considerations : 

General considerations Cohorts must be free from disease under study. Both the groups should be equally susceptible to the disease under study or efficiently should reflect any difference in disease occurrence. Both the groups should be comparable in respect of all possible variables, which may influence the frequency of disease. The diagnostic and eligibility criteria must be defined before hand.

General considerations Contd. : 

General considerations Contd. Both the groups are followed up. Incidence among exposed (a/a+b) is significantly higher than the incidence among not exposed (c/c+d).

Types of cohort study : 

Types of cohort study Prospective cohort study/current Doll and Hills prospective study on smoking and lung cancer Framingham Heart Study of U.S Public Health Services. Uranium miners and lung cancer.

Retrospective cohort study Historical cohort study (Economical) : 

Retrospective cohort study Historical cohort study (Economical) Electronic fetal monitoring and neonatal deaths. Arsenic in carcinogenesis. Uranium miners and lung cancer Angiosarcoma of liver in those who use PVC’s

Combination of retrospective and prospective study : 

Combination of retrospective and prospective study Court Brown and Doll in the effects of radiation ( for ankylosing spondilitis) outcome was death or aplastic anemia

Elements of a cohort study : 

Elements of a cohort study Selection of study subjects Obtaining data on exposure Selection of comparison groups Follow up Analysis

1. Selection of study subjects : 

1. Selection of study subjects General population Special groups Select groups – advantage, homogeneous easily accessible eg,. Dorn in smoking and mortality Exposure groups

Obtaining data on exposure : 

Obtaining data on exposure Cohort members – by personal interviews and mailed questionnaire (Doll and Hills) Review of records Medical examination or special tests Environmental surveys Information about exposure should be collected Whether they are exposed Degree of exposure

3. Selection of comparison groups : 

3. Selection of comparison groups Internal comparison – inbuilt comparison External comparison Comparison with general population Difficulties of general population Non availability of rates Difficulties in selecting exposed and not exposed

4. Follow up : 

4. Follow up Periodic medical examination Reviewing physician and hospital records Routine surveillance and death records Mailed questionnaire, telephone calls, periodic home visits – all three on annual basis Loss to follow up may be the reason for bias Minimum 95% follow up

5. Analysis : 

5. Analysis Incidence rates among exposed and not exposed Estimation of risk Relative risk Attributable risk Population attributable risk

Relative Risk (RR) : 

Relative Risk (RR) It is the “ratio of incidence of disease among exposed to incidence of disease among non- exposed”. Incidence among exposed Relative Risk = ----------------------------------------------------- Incidence among not exposed

Relative Risk Contd. : 

Relative Risk Contd. Also called as “Risk Ratio” It is a direct measure of “strength of association” between the cause and effect RR=1- No association RR=2- the disease is 2 times higher in the exposed to that of non exposed RR= 0.25 - 75% reduction in the incidence rates in the exposed to that of not exposed

Attributable Risk (AR) : 

Attributable Risk (AR) It is the “difference in the incidence rate among exposed to that of non exposed”. Also known as “Risk difference”. incidence among exposed – incidence among non-exposed AR = ------------------------------------------------- incidence rate among exposed

ATTRIBUTABLE RISK Contd. : 

ATTRIBUTABLE RISK Contd. AR indicates to what extent the disease under study can be attributed to the exposure. This suggests that the amount of disease that might be eliminated if the factor under study could be controlled or eliminated.

Population Attributable Risk : 

Population Attributable Risk It is the “incidence of disease in the total population minus the incidence of disease among those who are not exposed to the suspected causal factor”. It shows that how much disease could be eliminated in the population by eliminating the suspected causal factor.

Advantages of cohort study : 

Advantages of cohort study Incidence can be calculated Cohort studies offer the possibility of studying the full range of effects of the suspected etiological factor like natural H/o disease and other possible related health conditions which may not be suspected at the beginning of the study. Several possible outcomes can be studied Cohort studies provide relative risk Dose response can also be calculated Since the comparison groups are formed before the disease develops bias can be eliminated cohort analysis is that the study design does not require strict random assignment of subjects

Disadvantages of cohort study : 

Disadvantages of cohort study Selection of comparison groups may be difficult. Those who volunteer may not be representing the population Changes in diagnostic criteria over time Expensive Study may alter peoples behavior Practical problems dictate that we should concentrate on limited factors Ethical problems 7.Selection of comparison groups may be difficult. Those who volunteer may not be representing the population 8. Changes in diagnostic criteria over time 9. Expensive 10.Study may alter peoples behavior 11.Ethical problems 12.Practical problems dictate that we should concentrate on limited factors

Differences between case control and cohort studies : 

Differences between case control and cohort studies

Differences Contd. : 

Differences Contd.

Differences Contd. : 

Differences Contd.

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