The Study of Health In Pomerania has two main objectives:

  1. to assess prevalence and incidence of common risk factors, subclinical disorders and clinical diseases; and
  2. to investigate the complex associations among risk factors, subclinical disorders and clinical diseases.

A particular characteristic of the SHIP is that it does not focus on a selected disease; it rather attempts to describe health-related conditions with the widest focus possible. Important medical areas of investigation include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, liver and biliary tract diseases, neurological diseases, thyroid diseases, dental diseases, lung diseases, addiction and risk behaviour, among others.

The attached data dictionaries only contain a selection of all variables which have been translated from German.

General Design

Study Design Cohort
General Information on Follow Up (profile, frequency)

SHIP comprises two cohorts.  In the first cohort, so far, four examination-waves have been completed, SHIP-0 (1997-2001), SHIP-1 (2002 -2006) and SHIP-2 (2008-2012). SHIP-3 started in 2014.

The baseline examination of the second cohort ‘SHIP-Trend’ was performed between 2008 and 2012 and the follow-up SHIP-Trend-1 began in 2015 and ended in June 2019.

Recruitment Target
  • Individuals
Number of Participants

8,728

Number of Participants with Biological Samples

8,728

Access

Yes
No
Not Applicable
Don't Know
Possible Access to Data

Possible Access to Biosamples

Other

Marker Paper

Völzke H, Alte D, Schmidt CO et al., Cohort profile: the study of health in Pomerania. Int J Epidemiol. 2011 Apr;40(2):294-307. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyp394. Epub 2010 Feb 18.

PUBMED 20167617

Study Timeline

Each colour in the timeline graph below represents a separate Study Population, while each segment in the graph represents a separate Data Collection Event. Clicking on a segment gives more detailed information on a Data Collection Event.

Populations

SHIP cohort

A representative sample of men and women aged between 20 and 79 years was drawn using a two-stage stratified and cluster sampling scheme. First, 32 communities in the region were selected. Second, within the communities a simple random sample was drawn from residence registries, stratified by gender and age.

Sources of Recruitment

General Population
  • Volunteer enrolment
  • Selected sample

Selection Criteria

Age Minimum age 20, Maximum age 79
Country Germany
Territory

Western Pomerania (federal state: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), primary residence in the cities of Greifswald and Stralsund or counties Ostvorpommern and Nordvorpommern

Ethnic Origin While not being an explicit selection criterion, the entire sample is Caucasian.

Sample Size

Number of Participants

4,308

Number of Participants with Biological Samples

4,308

Supplementary Information about Number of Participants

SHIP-0: 4308

SHIP-1: 3300

SHIP-2: 2333

Data Collection Events

NameDescriptionStartEnd
SHIP - SHIP cohort - 0

SHIP-0 examinations were conducted between the...

1997 (October)2001 (May)
SHIP - SHIP cohort - Morbidity and Mortality follow-up

In the mortality follow-up, annual collection...

1997 (October)2015 (December)
SHIP - SHIP cohort - 1

The 5-year follow-up commenced on the 23rd...

2002 (October)2006 (September)
SHIP - SHIP cohort - 2

The 11-year follow-up commenced on the...

2008 (June)2012 (September)
SHIP - SHIP cohort - 3

The 17-year follow-up started in 2014 and is...

2014 (January)2015 (December)

TREND cohort

A representative sample of men and women aged 20 - 79 years was drawn from the central population registry using a stratified random sampling scheme with age, sex and county as strata. The SHIP-trend population largely overlaps with the SHIP-0 population.

Sources of Recruitment

General Population
  • Volunteer enrolment
  • Selected sample

Selection Criteria

Age Minimum age 20, Maximum age 79
Country Germany
Territory

Western Pomerania (federal state: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern), primary residence in the cities of Greifswald and Stralsund or counties Ostvorpommern and Nordvorpommern

Sample Size

Number of Participants

4,420

Number of Participants with Biological Samples

4,420

Data Collection Events

NameDescriptionStartEnd
SHIP - TREND cohort - 0

The first examinations of this cohort commenced...

2008 (September)2012 (September)
SHIP - TREND cohort - 0-Mortality follow-up

In the mortality follow-up, annual collection...

2008 (September)2015 (December)
SHIP - TREND cohort - 0-Morbidity follow-up

The morbidity follow-up is composed of 3...

2008 (September)2015 (December)
SHIP - TREND cohort - 1

SHIP-TREND first follow-up is projected for...

2015 (January)2019 (June)
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