STUDIES AND DATASETS
Studies and Datasets
The first Whitehall set up in 1967 included 18,000 men in the British Civil Service. It showed that men in the lowest employment grades were much more likely to die prematurely than men in the highest grades. Furthermore, these socioeconomic inequalities in health did not appear to be fully accounted for by differences in well-known risk factors, such as smoking.
The Finnish Public Sector Study set up by Professor Jussi Vahtera and Professor Mika Kivimäki, the co-Principal Investigators, is an ongoing prospective study of the public sector employees of 10 towns and 6 hospital districts in Finland. Annual register data, collected from the employers' records from 1990/1996 onwards, were available for 260,240 individual employees by the end of 2005.
The Gazel cohort was set up in 1989 by Inserm Unit 88 (subsequently Unit 687), in cooperation with several departments of Électricité de France-Gaz de France (EDF-GDF), at that time a public utility firm in France involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. For several reasons, EDF-GDF is ideal as a representative, occupational cohort study.
SABP, the Sickness Absence and Disability Pension study is a multi-disciplinary project that utilises data from several databases. Although primarily based at Linköpings University it is a collaborative project between Linköpings University and the Karolinska Institute and the Principal Investigator is Professor Kristina Alexanderson.