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Health Survey of Nord-Trondelag County (HUNT II)


The second Health Survey of Nord-Trondelag County (HUNT II) is a large, population-based survey conducted in central Norway during August 1995 through July 1997. Every individual in the county age 20 years or older was invited to participate (n=92,939), and 70.4% (65,181) participated. The survey consisted of a series of questionnaires (health status, family history, socioeconomic status, medication use), a clinical examination (anthropometry, blood pressure), and blood and urine collection. Data from this survey have been linked with administrative records on hospitalizations and death. A variety of research topics have already been addressed in HUNT II, and many projects are currently underway.

Drs. Coresh and Astor are collaborating with Dr. Stein Hallan and other colleagues at St. Olav University and the Norwegian , Trondheim, Norway, on several analyses involving kidney disease in the HUNT II population. They have published manuscripts on the prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in Norway, and comparisons of the burden of CKD and kidney failure in Norway and the United States. Other projects are ongoing.