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Germany Health Interview and Examination Survey 2008-2011, Baseline Cohort


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Studie zur Gesundheit Erwachsener in Deutschland (DEGS1)
Germany (DEU)
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
11/2008 - 12/2011
Series or system 
Germany Health Interview and Examination Survey (DEGS)
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Exam
  • Individual
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal
  • Nationally representative

The German Health Interview and Examination Survey (DEGS1) is a continuation of the Bundes-Gesundheitssurvey 1998 (BGS98), which was carried out from 1997-1999. DEGS1 had 8,152 participants ages 18-79, approximately half of whom also participated in BGS98. Additional participants were chosen based on two-stage stratified random sampling from local population registries.

Topics covered by the survey include health status, health-related behavior, living conditions, and health care. Survey instruments include a self-administered food frequency questionnaire, blood and urine samples, standardized measurements and physical performance tests, and a physician-administered interview.