Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP)
Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP):
The SHIP study is an established population-based project conducted in Northeast Germany. The study aims to assess prevalence and incidence of common risk factors, subclinical disorders and clinical diseases and to investigate associations and interactions among them using comprehensive medical assessments (26). The first SHIP cohort was recruited between 1997 and 2001 and included 4,308 individuals at baseline (SHIP-0, 20-70 years, response 68.8%), 3,300 after five years (SHIP-1) and 2,333 after 11 years (SHIP-2). In parallel to SHIP-2, baseline examinations of a second, independent cohort (SHIP-TREND) were conducted in 4,420 participants (20-79 years, response 50.3%). SHIP is one of the population-based projects with very comprehensive examinations including interviews, cardio-metabolic ultrasound exams, cardiopulmonary exercise tests and whole-body magnetic resonance imaging in a general population setting. In addition to the examination follow-ups, information on fatal and non-fatal disease is collected on a regular basis. Mortality follow-ups are conducted semi-annually by record linkage with data bases of the regional population registry. Causes of death are defined from the official death documents provided by regional health authorities. Active follow-ups for non-fatal diseases are performed biannually and by interviews during follow-up examinations every five years. Self-reported information is validated by GP's and using databases of the regional Association of SHI Physicians.