Data Access Register - full project summary
|Project Title||Harmonising diagnoses of health conditions across British birth cohorts|
|Lead Applicant||Laura Gimeno|
|Organisation(s) Name(s)||University College London|
Britain’s five national “birth cohorts” follow people from birth until now to learn about their lives, including their health. It can be hard for researchers to combine data from these cohorts or to compare health across cohorts. This is because they record information about the same health problems in different ways.
To lower this barrier to research, our goal is to use information from surveys and linked healthcare data to identify people with doctor diagnoses of chronic health conditions in the same way across the five cohorts. We will look at heart and blood vessel diseases, diabetes, cancer, and chronic breathing problems. Providing COVID-19 researchers with data on these conditions that is consistent across cohorts is important. This is because they are key risk factors for bad COVID-19 outcomes and long COVID, and leading causes of death and disease in the UK. We also want to understand how people’s self-reports of their health conditions compare to their medical records.
Our work will make it easier and faster for other researchers to investigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with a range of health conditions, influencing policy and helping to improve people’s lives.
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