Blue Mountains Cohort Study: Incidence of eye disease, hearing loss and other health outcomes [ 2002 - 2004 ]

Also known as: Blue Mountains Cohort Study

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Researchers: Prof Paul Mitchell (Principal investigator) ,  Philip Newall Prof Jie Jin Wang Prof Robert Cumming Prof Stephen Leeder
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Brief description The proposed study aims to determine the cumulative 10-year incidence and progression of the major eye diseases that threaten vision in older Australians, including age-related maculopathy, cataract, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. The cumulative 5-year incidence of age-related hearing loss and prevalence of loss of smell will also be determined. The study will assess risk factors and associations with these diseases, using information collected at the baseline, 5-year and 10-year examinations on medical history, ocular factors, vascular disease, smoking, diet, plus environmental and blood factors. The study aims to assess the impact of these sensory impairments on measures of dependence, quality of life, general health, age-related cognitive impairment, depression and on mortality. The study will be conducted in Katoomba on the cohort of residents from two postcode areas who originally attended the Blue Mountains Eye Study during the period 1992-4. Examinations will commence by May, 2002 and be completed by April, 2004. We hope to examine 2,032 of the original cohort of 3,654 people. This project will build on the data already collected by the Blue Mountains Eye Study, one of the most successful community surveys conducted in Australia. The 10-year follow-up period will provide increased statistical power and precision to assess the role of possible risk factors for eye disease already identified by the earlier baseline and 5-year studies of this population. The hearing component of the study will provide the first longitudinal data on hearing loss from a large older Australian population.

Funding Amount $AUD 813,250.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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