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Int J Epidemiol. 2015 Apr;44(2):432-40. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyu114. Epub 2014 Jun 6.

Cohort Profile: The Danish Conscription Database(DCD): A cohort of 728,160 men born from 1939 through 1959.

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Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Research Center for Prevention and Health, Glostrup Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, Danish Ageing Research Center, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospitals, The Capital Region, Copenhagen, Denmark, Department of Clinical Genetics and Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark merete.o

Abstract

The Danish Conscription Database (DCD) was established to enable studies of the influence of early physical and mental exposures on adverse health and social outcomes from a life-course perspective. In Denmark, all young men are requested to appear before the conscription board when they turn 18 years, to be assessed for military service. The DCD was established by digitizing information from conscription board register cards on the height, weight, educational level, intelligence test score and examination details of Danish conscripts. The DCD contains information on 728,160 men born from 1939 through 1959 and examined by the conscription board from 1957 through 1984. The unique Danish personal identification number of each individual conscript has been traced, and this allows linkage of the DCD to all Danish health and socioeconomic registers. More than 130,000 deaths have been identified in a recent linkage to the Danish Register of Cause of Death. We encourage collaboration, and interested researchers should contact: danishconscriptiondatabase.glostrup-hospital@regionh.dk.

PMID:
24906367
DOI:
10.1093/ije/dyu114
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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