Cohort profile: The National Health Insurance Service-National Health Screening Cohort (NHIS-HEALS) in Korea

Sang Cheol Seong, Yeon Yong Kim, Sue K. Park, Young Ho Khang, Hyeon Chang Kim, Jong Heon Park, Hee Jin Kang, Cheol Ho Do, Jong Sun Song, Eun Joo Lee, Seongjun Ha, Soon Ae Shin, Seung Lyeal Jeong

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Purpose The National Health Insurance Service-Health Screening Cohort (NHIS-HEALS) is a cohort of participants who participated in health screening programmes provided by the NHIS in the Republic of Korea. The NHIS constructed the NHIS-HEALS cohort database in 2015. The purpose of this cohort is to offer relevant and useful data for health researchers, especially in the field of non-communicable diseases and health risk factors, and policy-maker. Participants To construct the NHIS-HEALS database, a sample cohort was first selected from the 2002 and 2003 health screening participants, who were aged between 40 and 79 in 2002 and followed up through 2013. This cohort included 514 866 health screening participants who comprised a random selection of 10% of all health screening participants in 2002 and 2003. Findings to date The age-standardised prevalence of anaemia, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, hypercholesterolaemia and abnormal urine protein were 9.8%, 8.2%, 35.6%, 2.7%, 14.2% and 2.0%, respectively. The age-standardised mortality rate for the first 2 years (through 2004) was 442.0 per 100 000 person-years, while the rate for 10 years (through 2012) was 865.9 per 100 000 person-years. The most common cause of death was malignant neoplasm in both sexes (364.1 per 100 000 person-years for men, 128.3 per 100 000 person-years for women). Future plans This database can be used to study the risk factors of non-communicable diseases and dental health problems, which are important health issues that have not yet been fully investigated. The cohort will be maintained and continuously updated by the NHIS.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere016640
JournalBMJ open
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sept 1

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This work was supported by National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) in

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