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Pars cohort study of non-communicable diseases in Iran: protocol and preliminary results


  • Abdullah Gandomkar

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Hossein Poustchi

    (Tehran University of Medical Sciences)

  • Maryam Moini

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Mohsen Moghadami

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Hadi Imanieh

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Mohammad Reza Fattahi

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Seyyed Mohammad Taghi Ayatollahi

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Mohammad Mahdi Sagheb

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Amir Anushiravani

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Roozbeh Mortazavi

    (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences)

  • Sadaf Ghajarieh Sepanlou

    (Tehran University of Medical Sciences)

  • Reza Malekzadeh

    () (Shiraz University of Medical Sciences
    Tehran University of Medical Sciences)


Abstract Objectives The pars cohort study (PCS) is a 10-year cohort study aiming to investigate the burden and the major risk factors of non-communicable diseases, and to establish a setting to launch interventions for prevention of these diseases and controlling their risk factors. Methods All inhabitants of Valashahr district in South of Iran, aged 40–75 years, were invited to undergo interviews and physical examination, and to provide biological samples. A total of 9264 invitees accepted to participate in the study (95 % participation rate) and were recruited from 2012 to 2014. Active follow-up was also carried out after 12 months. Results About 46 % of participants were male and 54 % were female. About 14.0 % of the participants were current smokers and 8.4 % were ever opium users. The prevalence of overweight and obesity were 37.3 and 18.2 %, respectively. The prevalence of hypertension was 26.9 %. A total of 49 participants died during a median follow-up of one year. Conclusions PCS with its large scale and wealth of socio-economic and medical data can be a unique platform for studying the etiology of non-communicable diseases and effective interventions in Iran.

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  • Abdullah Gandomkar & Hossein Poustchi & Maryam Moini & Mohsen Moghadami & Hadi Imanieh & Mohammad Reza Fattahi & Seyyed Mohammad Taghi Ayatollahi & Mohammad Mahdi Sagheb & Amir Anushiravani & Roozbeh , 2017. "Pars cohort study of non-communicable diseases in Iran: protocol and preliminary results," International Journal of Public Health, Springer;Swiss School of Public Health (SSPH+), vol. 62(3), pages 397-406, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:ijphth:v:62:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s00038-016-0848-2
    DOI: 10.1007/s00038-016-0848-2

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