GLOBE

A longitudinal Dutch cohort study on socioeconomic health inequalities

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 socio-economic inequalities in health in the Netherlands.

Within the GLOBE study, information is asked on indicators of socio-economic 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 socio-economic inequalities in health behaviours [include links]. Information from the baseline postal survey onwards can and has been linked to several registries of causes of death, hospital admissions, and cancer.

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.

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