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BMC Public Health

, 15:934

First Online: 21 September 2015Received: 25 July 2014Accepted: 11 September 2015DOI: 10.1186-s12889-015-2255-7

Cite this article as: de Korte-de Boer, D., Mommers, M., Creemers, H.M. et al. BMC Public Health 2015 15: 934. doi:10.1186-s12889-015-2255-7


BackgroundInfancy and childhood are characterized by rapid growth and development, which largely determine health status and well-being across the lifespan. Identification of modifiable risk factors and prognostic factors in critical periods of life will contribute to the development of effective prevention and intervention strategies.

The LucKi Birth Cohort Study was designed and started in 2006 to follow children from birth into adulthood on a wide range of determinants, disorders, and diseases. During preschool and school years, the primary focus is on the etiology and prognosis of atopic diseases eczema, asthma, and hay fever and overweight-obesity.

Methods-DesignLucKi is an ongoing, dynamic, prospective birth cohort study, embedded in the Child and Youth Health Care CYHC practice of the ‘Westelijke Mijnstreek’ a region in the southeast of the Netherlands. Recruitment 1–2 weeks after birth and follow-up until 19 years coincide with routine CYHC contact moments, during which the child’s physical and psychosocial development is closely monitored, and anthropometrics are measured repeatedly in a standardised way. Information gathered through CYHC is complemented with repeated parental questionnaires, and information from existing registries of pharmacy, hospital and-or general practice. Since the start already more than 5,000 children were included in LucKi shortly after birth, reaching an average participation rate of ~65 %.

DiscussionThe LucKi Birth Cohort Study provides a framework in which children are followed from birth into adulthood. Embedding LucKi in CYHC simplifies implementation, leads to low maintenance costs and high participation rates, and facilitates direct implementation of study results into CYHC practice. Furthermore, LucKi provides opportunities to initiate new experimental studies and-or to establish biobanking in part of the cohort, and contributes relevant information on determinants and health outcomes to policy and decision makers. Cohort details can be found on

KeywordsStudy protocol Birth Cohort Asthma Childhood Atopic diseases Overweight Public health AbbreviationsCYHCChild and Youth Health Care

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Autor: Dianne de Korte-de Boer - Monique Mommers - Huub MH Creemers - Edward Dompeling - Frans JM Feron - Cindy ML Gielkens-Sij


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