Chaired by Prof Rebecca Hardy, this panel discussion focused on designing and implementing new longitudinal population studies and paid particular attention to the opportunities and challenges of doing so in a post-COVID world.
Panel members each introduced their respective studies and highlighted challenges and opportunities before participating in a Q&A with delegates.
The panel included:
- Manuel Eisner, Evidence of Better Lives Study (Low- and middle-income countries)
- Alissa Goodman, Early Life Cohort Feasibility Study (UK)
- Gary Pollock, GUIDE/EuroCohort (Europe)
- Andrew Roddam, Our Future Health (UK)
- Melissa Wake, Generation Victoria (Australia)
Summary of key points
- New studies have ambitions to ensure representativeness and diversity in cohorts. Potential strategies include sample boosts, targeted approaches, and incentives.
- Trials are possible (and in some cases, desirable) within longitudinal studies. They are easiest to implement in city or geographically based studies and we should prioritise those with greatest impact.
- New studies are uniquely placed to assess the impact of COVID-19 infections on subsequent health and track long term impacts on the ‘COVID generation’.
- They have the opportunity for innovation in areas such as data collection, with new remote possibilities such as wearables, smartphone apps, and linkages to administrative data.
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- Designing and implementing new longitudinal population studies: opportunities and challenges in a post-COVID world (currently viewing)
- Mobilising longitudinal population study data and research in the policy landscape
- Data linkage
- The impact of COVID-19 on longitudinal population studies
- Influencing policy
- New forms of data collection
- Participant and public engagement
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