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The Korea Nurses' Health Study: A Prospective Cohort Study

 Kim Oksoo  ;  Ahn Younjhin  ;  Lee Hea-Young  ;  Jang Hee Jung  ;  Kim Sue  ;  Lee Jung Eun  ;  Jung Heeja  ;  Cho Eunyoung  ;  Lim Joong-Yeon  ;  Kim Min-Ju  ;  Willett Walter C.  ;  Chavarro Jorge E.  ;  Park Hyun-Young 
 JOURNAL OF WOMENS HEALTH, Vol.26(8) : 892-899, 2017 
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Adult ; Body Mass Index ; Cohort Studies ; Female ; Gastrointestinal Diseases/epidemiology ; Humans ; Life Style* ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Nurses/psychology* ; Nurses/statistics & numerical data ; Nursing* ; Occupational Diseases* ; Occupational Exposure ; Occupational Health* ; Prevalence ; Prospective Studies ; Republic of Korea/epidemiology ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Women's Health ; Young Adult
Republic of Korea ; cohort ; nurses’ health study ; occupational exposure ; women's health
BACKGROUND: The Korea Nurses' Health Study (KNHS) is a prospective cohort study of female nurses, focusing on the effects of occupational, environmental, and lifestyle risk factors on the health of Korean women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Female registered nurses aged 20-45 years and living in the Republic of Korea were invited to join the study, which began in July 2013. They were asked to complete a web-based baseline survey. The study protocols and questionnaires related to the KNHS are based on the Nurses' Health Study 3 (NHS3) in the United States, although they were modified to reflect the Korean lifestyle. Participants were asked about demographic, lifestyle factors, disease history, occupational exposure, reproductive factors, and dietary habits during their adolescence: Follow-up questionnaires were/will be completed at 6-8 month intervals after the baseline survey. If a participant became pregnant, she answered additional questionnaires containing pregnancy-related information. RESULTS: Among 157,569 eligible female nurses, 20,613 (13.1%) completed the web-based baseline questionnaire. The mean age of the participants was 29.4 ± 5.9 years, and more than half of them were in their 20s. Eighty-eight percent of the participants had worked night shifts as a nurse (mean, 5.3 ± 4.3 nights per month). Approximately 80% of the participants had a body mass index below 23 kg/m2. Gastrointestinal diseases were the most prevalent health issues (25.9%). CONCLUSIONS: The findings from this prospective cohort study will help to identify the effects of lifestyle-related and occupational factors on reproductive health and development of chronic diseases in Korean women.
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