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The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, a longitudinal cohort study on health disparities in Puerto Rican adults: challenges and opportunities

Tucker, Katherine L and Mattei, Josiemer and Noel, Sabrina E and Collado, Bridgette M and Mendez, Jackie and Nelson, Jason and Griffith, John and Ordovas, Jose M and Falcon, Luis M (2010) The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, a longitudinal cohort study on health disparities in Puerto Rican adults: challenges and opportunities. BMC Public Health, 10 (1). p. 107. ISSN 1471-2458

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Boston Puerto Rican Health Study is an ongoing longitudinal cohort study designed to examine the role of psychosocial stress on presence and development of allostatic load and health outcomes in Puerto Ricans, and potential modification by nutritional status, genetic variation, and social support. METHODS: Self-identified Puerto Ricans, aged 45-75 years and residing in the Boston, MA metro area, were recruited through door-to-door enumeration and community approaches. Participants completed a comprehensive set of questionnaires and tests. Blood, urine and salivary samples were extracted for biomarker and genetic analysis. Measurements are repeated at a two-year follow-up. RESULTS: A total of 1500 eligible participants completed baseline measurements, with nearly 80% two-year follow-up retention. The majority of the cohort is female (70%), and many have less than 8th grade education (48%), and fall below the poverty level (59%). Baseline prevalence of health conditions is high for this age range: considerable physical (26%) and cognitive (7%) impairment, obesity (57%), type 2 diabetes (40%), hypertension (69%), arthritis (50%) and depressive symptomatology (60%). CONCLUSIONS: The enrollment of minority groups presents unique challenges. This report highlights approaches to working with difficult to reach populations, and describes some of the health issues and needs of Puerto Rican older adults. These results may inform future studies and interventions aiming to improve the health of this and similar communities.


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Uncontrolled Keywords: NUTRITION EXAMINATION SURVEY; NON-HISPANIC WHITE; FOOD FREQUENCY QUESTIONNAIRE; IMPAIRED GLUCOSE-TOLERANCE; STRESS SCALE PSS; UNITED-STATES; PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY; PERCEIVED STRESS; NATIONAL-HEALTH; US ADULTS; allostatic load
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Nutrition
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Stress
Research > studies
Research > Genetics and Race
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Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2011 13:29
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2011 13:29
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/3123

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