The Gezondheid en Levens Omstandigheden Bevolking Eindhoven en omstreken (GLOBE) study is a longitudinal study that started in 1991. The study is designed to assess mechanisms and factors explaining socioeconomic inequalities in health in the Netherlands. Within the GLOBE study, information is asked on indicators of socioeconomic position, a range of potential explanatory factors (material, behavioural, psychosocial, and environmental) and health outcomes. From 2004 onwards, special emphasis was given to the identification of physical, social, and cultural environmental factors in the explanation of socioeconomic inequalities in health behaviours. Information from the baseline postal survey onwards can and has been linked to several registries of causes of death, hospital admissions, and cancer.
The baseline investigation occurred in 1991 among 18.973 respondents in the city of Eindhoven and surrounding cities. Two sub-samples of baseline survey respondents were invited to participate in additional in-depth interviews. The first subsample was a random subsample. The second subsample included an over-representation of chronically persons, based on self-reported information about chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or back problems. Both samples were interviewed and/or surveyed in 1991, 1997, 2004, 2011, and 2014, and are invited to participate again in 2021. The original 1991 sample was expanded with new participants in 2004, 2014, and 2021 to amplify the study population. The first (random) subsample was also interviewed in 1993 and 1995 and the second (chronically ill) subsample was interviewed in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. Additionally, in-depth interviews were held in 2005 among a subsample of the 2004 survey respondents, in 2012 among a subsample of the 2011 survey respondents and in 2016 among a subsample of the 2014 survey respondents.
The GLOBE study is carried out by the department of Public Health at the Erasmus MC in close collaboration with the Municipal Health Service of Brabant South-East. The study is supported by grants from the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMW).
Researchers are cordially invited to contact the GLOBE team to propose research based on the data.