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20.2016 - 31.05.2017 / SHARE - Research

The collection of biomarkers and physical measures in multi-national studies.

This project aimed at the publication of a chapter in: "Advances in Comparative Survey Methods: Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Contexts (3MC)", edited by TP Johnson, BE Pennel, I Stoop, and B Dorer. The chapter provides an overview of strategies and methods used to collect biomeasures cross-nationally. The chapter covers a range of practical issues associated with ensuring comparability of biomeasure collection across multiple countries. The overview is based on the experiences of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), a multinational study that surveys the older adult population and collects biomeasures in 20 European countries (plus Israel). SHARE faces an assortment of operational and legal issues related to the collection of biomeasures. We summarize these issues and describe how they are handled in SHARE. The intent of the chapter is to provide readers with a general understanding of biomeasure collection in a cross-national context and up-to-date knowledge of current practices.

The chapter is externally co-authored by Joseph W. Sakshaug from the University of Manchester.

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Dipl.-Biol. Luzia Weiss