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The Korean urban and rural elderly cohort study: study design and protocol

 Eun Young Lee  ;  Hyeon Chang Kim  ;  Yumie Rhee  ;  Yoosik Youm  ;  Kyoung Min Kim  ;  Ju Mi Lee  ;  Dong Phil Choi  ;  Young Mi Yun  ;  Chang Oh Kim 
 BMC GERIATRICS, Vol.14(1) : 33, 2014 
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Activities of Daily Living*/psychology ; Aged ; Aged, 80 and over ; Aging/ethnology* ; Aging/physiology ; Aging/psychology ; Cohort Studies ; Female ; Follow-Up Studies ; Geriatric Assessment/methods* ; Humans ; Male ; Prospective Studies ; Republic of Korea/ethnology ; Rural Population*/trends ; Urban Population*/trends
Aging ; Elderly ; Cohort ; Longitudinal study ; Health
BACKGROUND: Korea is one of the fastest aging countries and is expected to become a super-aged society within 12 years. The Korean Urban Rural Elderly (KURE) study was developed to evaluate the epidemiological characteristics and establish the prevention and management of major disorders of the elderly in Korea. METHODS/DESIGN: The KURE study is a community-based prospective cohort study on health, aging, and common geriatric disorders of Korean elderly persons aged at least 65 years. To construct a cohort reflecting both urban and rural areas, we selected 2 representative communities in the country. To establish multidisciplinary approaches to geriatric health, this study was performed by researchers in the divisions of geriatrics, preventive medicine, endocrinology, and sociology. The baseline examinations began in 2012; the study will follow more than 4,000 elderly Koreans over 10 years. The first and second follow-up health examinations will be performed every 4 years. Every 2 years after each health examination, inter-assessment interview will be conducted to improve participant retention. DISCUSSION: The KURE study will provide longitudinal epidemiologic data on health, aging, and common geriatric disorders of the elderly in Korea. This is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary study of the elderly with respect to biological, physical, socio-economic, and environmental factors. The results of this study will contribute to improve public health and welfare policies for the aging society in Korea.
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Kim, Chang Oh(김창오) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0773-5443
Kim, Hyeon Chang(김현창) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7867-1240
Yun, Young Mi(윤영미)
Rhee, Yumie(이유미) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4227-5638
Lee, Eun Young(이은영)
Lee, Ju Mi(이주미)
Choi, Dong Phil(최동필)
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