Commentary (Goldman): Evaluating the Total Costs of Cancer
January 01, 2003
Longitudinal cohort studies ofspecific populations providesome of the most compellingevidence for research spanning epidemiology,medicine, and social science.The Framingham Heart Study(FHS) is a good example. Initiated in1948, the FHS tracks a cohort of whitemen and women who reside in thetown of Framingham, Massachusetts.The study population receives biennialmedical exams and personal interviews,and an additional study hasfollowed their offspring. The FHShas contributed much of our knowledgeabout cardiovascular disease incidenceand prevalence, and its riskfactors.