Pub. date: 2004 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412952576 | Print ISBN: 9780761923602 | Online ISBN: 9781412952576| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Alameda County Study
Robert M. Kaplan
The Alameda County Study is one of the major research projects that evaluate the effects of health habits in a free-living population. In public health terms, it is a study of social epidemiology. The study originally identified 8,300 adults who lived in 4,735 households. Eighty-six percent of the eligible adults completed questionnaires, and these 6,928 individuals have been followed by the investigators for 25 years. The study began in 1965, and by the mid-1970s, a variety of interesting findings began to emerge. For example, a series of important analyses demonstrated that health habits were a major predictor of survival for the residents of this urban ...