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Open Access Research article

The Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS): Design, procedures & participants

Sean A Martin1, Matthew T Haren2, Sue M Middleton3, Gary A Wittert1* and Members of the Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS)

Author Affiliations

1 Discipline of Medicine, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, 5000, Australia

2 Spencer Gulf Rural Health School, University of South Australia, Whyalla-Norrie, SA, 5608, Australia

3 Discipline of Public Health, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, 5000, Australia

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BMC Public Health 2007, 7:126  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-126

Published: 27 June 2007

Abstract

Background

The Florey Adelaide Male Ageing Study (FAMAS) examines the reproductive, physical and psychological health, and health service utilisation of the ageing male in Australia. We describe the rationale for the study, the methods used participant response rates, representativeness and attrition to date.

Methods

FAMAS is a longitudinal study involving approximately 1200 randomly selected men, aged 35–80 years and living in the north – west regions of Adelaide. Respondents were excluded at screening if they were considered incapable of participating because of immobility, language, or an inability to undertake the study procedures. Following a telephone call to randomly selected households, eligible participants were invited to attend a baseline clinic measuring a variety of biomedical and socio-demographic factors. Beginning in 2002, these clinics are scheduled to reoccur every five years. Follow-up questionnaires are completed annually. Participants are also invited to participate in sub-studies with selected collaborators.

Results

Of those eligible to participate, 45.1% ultimately attended a clinic. Non-responders were more likely to live alone, be current smokers, have a higheevalence of self-reported diabetes and stroke, and lower levels of hypercholesterolemia. Comparisons with the Census 2001 data showed that participants matched the population for most key demographics, although younger groups and never married men were under-represented and elderly participants were over-represented. To date, there has been an annual loss to follow-up of just over 1%.

Conclusion

FAMAS allows a detailed investigation into the effects of bio-psychosocial and behavioural factors on the health and ageing of a largely representative group of Australian men.