Table 3

Chronic health conditions and information available from health interviewaand examinationbin DEGS1
Health condition Information
Allergic disease
Allergic contact eczema; allergic rhinitis; food allergy; atopic eczema; insect venom allergy; urticarial; other Medical history and family history; current treatment; lifetime history of allergy testing and specific immunotherapy
Inhalation allergy screening tests, total serum IgE, allergen-specific IgE antibody tests against 52 specific allergens (food, pollen, contact, insect, inner room allergens)
Cardiovascular disease
Angina pectoris or other coronary heart disease Medical history, current treatment; angina episodes and related hospitalizations, emergency room treatments, doctor visits during past 12 months; lifetime history of specific tests and surgical procedures
Myocardial infarction (MI) Medical history and family history; current treatment; number of events; time of first and last MI; lifetime history of specific tests and surgical procedures
Heart failure Medical history; current treatment; acute exacerbations and related hospitalizations, emergency room treatments, doctor visits within past 12 months
Peripheral artery disease Medical history; current treatment
Stroke Medical history and family history; current treatment; number of events, time of first and last event
Cardiometabolic conditions
Diabetes mellitus Medical history including type of diabetes and family history; diagnosis during pregnancy; current treatment; treatment following diagnosis; presence of long-term diabetes complications; history of acute hyper- or hypoglycemia and related hospitalizations, emergency room treatments, doctor visits within past 12 months; self-monitoring of blood glucose; time of last follow-up care (foot inspection, HbA1c assessment, eye background exam)
HbA1c; serum concentrations of glucose, insulin, C-peptide, glycosuria, ketonuria, microalbuminuria
Hypertension Medical history and family history; current treatment; self-monitoring; last time of blood pressure measurement by health professional; last self-measurement; history of hypertensive emergency and related hospitalizations, emergency room treatments, doctor visits during past 12 months
Blood pressure measurements
Dyslipidemia Medical history; current treatment; serum total cholesterol, LDL- and HDL- cholesterol, triglycerides
Gout and hyperuricemia Medical history; current treatment; serum uric acid
Gastrointestinal disease
Gastric or duodenal ulcer; chronic inflammatory bowel disease Medical history; current treatment
Liver, gallbladder, pancreatic disease Medical history of hepatitis including type of hepatitis (A, B, C, E) and liver cirrhosis; current treatment
Hepatitis immunoassay and PCR-based confirmatory test results for hepatitis B and C
Serum transaminases (ALT, AST), cholestatic liver enzymes (AP, GGT), lipase; bilirubinuria, urobilinogenuria
Malignant disease
Any type of cancer Medical history including type of malignancy; current treatment and cancer follow-up
Mental health disordersc
Anxiety disorder; depression; burnout; eating disorder Medical history, current treatment
Musculoskeletal disease
Osteoarthritis Medical history and history of joint replacement; current treatment, specialist care; joint pain; lower back pain
Rheumatoid arthritis Medical history; current treatment, specialist care; joint pain
cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibody testd
Osteoporosis Medical history; type of current treatment and specialist care; lower back pain, history of fractures and falls; fear of falls; lifetime history of bone densitometry
Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin-D, calcium, phosphate, intact parathyroid hormone
Neurologic disease
Epilepsy; Migraine; Medical history; current treatment
Parkinson’s disease Parkinson’s disease
Kidney and urogenital tract disease
Renal insufficiency Medical history of renal insufficiency; current treatment
Serum creatinine and cystatin C; microalbuminuria, proteinuria
Benign prostate disease Lifetime history including time of diagnosis and history of prostate surgery
Gynecological conditions Lifetime history of hysterectomy and oophorectomy; benign conditions
Lower respiratory tract disease
Asthma; chronic bronchitis Medical history including type of asthma; current treatment; lifetime history of asthma-related allergy testing and specific immunotherapy; asthma related hospitalizations, emergency room treatments, doctor visits within past 12 months
Thyroid disease
Hyper-, hypothyroidism; other thyroid disease Medical history including type of thyroid disorder, thyroid surgery, radioiodine treatment; current treatment
Thyroid volume; serum thyroid hormones and TSH, thyroid antibodies (TPO, TGA)

aInformation from computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) except for history of benign prostate disease, gynecological conditions, history of falls and fractures, and fear of falls (self-administered questionnaires).

bInformation from standardized measurements and laboratory tests.

cInformation collected in DEGS1 by CAPI, not related to additional information collected in the DEGS1 mental health study module (DEGS1-MH).

dCCP antibody testing was limited to the first year of data collection.

Abbreviations: ALT alanine aminotransferase, AP alkaline phospatase, AST aspartate aminotransferase, GGT gamma-glutamyl transferase, TGA thyreoglobulin antibody, TPO thyroid peroxidase antibody, TSH thyroid stimulating hormone.

Scheidt-Nave et al.

Scheidt-Nave et al. BMC Public Health 2012 12:730   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-12-730

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