Family-based life course studies in low-and middle-income countries

G. David Batty, Cesar G. Victora, Debbie A. Lawlor

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This chapter briefly describes the growing impact of non-communicable disease in lowand middle-income countries (LMIC) which, together with existing infectious illnesses and a rising incidence of violence, represents a triple health burden. Birth cohort studies, and in particular those with family-based elements, clearly have a role in identifying risk factors for chronic disease. Existing studies from LMIC are described. The chapter advances a number of reasons for adding to the very sparse research base outside of industrialized nations, and attempts to provide solutions for some of the methodological complications that might accompany such endeavours.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily matters: Designing, analysing and understanding family based studies in life course epidemiology
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191723841, 9780199231034
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Birth cohorts
  • Data collection
  • Family studies
  • Intergenerational studies
  • Life course epidemiology
  • LMIC
  • Research ethics
  • Sibling studies
  • Study design
  • Twin studies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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