May 3, 2012
Living In The Countryside
How do changed living conditions in rural regions affect people's health and lifestyles? This is the question that Thomas Elkeles and colleagues from the Neubrandenburg University of Applied Sciences investigate, using rural communities in north-eastern Germany as their study populations. In the current issue of Deutsches Ãrzteblatt International, the authors present the results of their Landesgesundheitsstudie (LGS, Rural Health Study) (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2012; 109(16): 285-92).
The particular characteristic of this study lies in the fact that the 2008 survey ties in with earlier surveys. As early as in 1973 and 1994, complete data collections were conducted among the adult population in 14 selected rural municipalities in northern Germany (the region of the former German Democratic Republic), with regard to their health and lifestyles. The residents of the same localities were surveyed again in 2008.
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