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The Development of the MeDALL Core Questionnaires for a Harmonized Follow-Up Assessment of Eleven European Birth Cohorts on Asthma and Allergies

International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, Karger Publishers, ISSN 1423-0097

Volume 163, 3, 2014

DOI:10.1159/000357732, Dimensions: pub.1044151945, PMID: 24642608,

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Hohmann, Cynthia (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Pinart, Mariona (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Tischer, Christina (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Gehring, Ulrike (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Heinrich, Joachim (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Kull, Inger (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Melén, Eric (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Smit, Henriette A. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Torrent, Maties (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Wijga, Alet H (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Wickman, Magnus (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Bachert, Claus (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Carlsen, Karin C. Lødrup (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Carlsen, Kai-Hå Kon (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Bindslev-Jensen, Carsten (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Eller, Esben (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Esplugues, Ana (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Fantini, Maria Pia (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Annesi-Maesano, Isabella (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Momas, Isabelle (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Porta, Daniela (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Vassilaki, Maria (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Waiblinger, Dagmar (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Sunyer, Jordi (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Antó, Josep M. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Bousquet, Jean (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)
Keil, Thomas (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11) (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (17)

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  1. (1) Bradford Royal Infirmary, grid.418447.a
  2. (2) Charité, grid.6363.0
  3. (3) Ghent University, grid.5342.0
  4. (4) Hôpital Arnaud De Villeneuve, grid.413745.0
  5. (5) Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany;, Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), IMIM (Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute), and, CIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain;, Institute of Epidemiology, German Research Centre for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany;, Centre for Prevention and Health Services Research, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Bilthoven, The Netherlands;, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden;, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Departament de Ciències Experimentals i de la Salut, Barcelona, Spain;, Upper Airway Research Laboratory, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium;, Department of Paediatrics, Oslo University Hospital and University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway;, Department of Dermatology and Allergy Centre, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark;, Division of Environment and Health, Centre for Public Health Research - CSISP, and, Faculty of Nursing, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain;, Department of Medicine and Public Health, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy;, EPAR U707 INSERM, and EPAR UMR-S UPMC, Paris VI, Department of Public Health and Biostatistics, Paris Descartes University, EA 4064, and, Paris Municipal Department of Social Action, Childhood and Health, Paris, France;, Department of Epidemiology, Regional Health Service Lazio Region, Rome, Italy;, Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Heraklion, Greece;, Bradford Institute for Health Research, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, and Bradford Neonatology, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford, UK;, University Hospital, Department of Respiratory Diseases, Hôpital Arnaud de Villeneuve, Montpellier, and, Inserm, CESP Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health, U1018, Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology team, Villejuif, France;, Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institutet, and, Sachs' Children's Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden;, Julius Centre for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands;, Menorca Health Area, Ib-Salut, Mahon, Spain;, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands;, Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
  6. (6) Karolinska Institute, grid.4714.6
  7. (7) National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, grid.31147.30
  8. (8) Odense University Hospital, grid.7143.1, Southern Denmark Region
  9. (9) Paris Descartes University, grid.10992.33
  10. (10) Pompeu Fabra University, grid.5612.0
  11. (11) University Medical Center Utrecht, grid.7692.a
  12. (12) University of Bologna, grid.6292.f
  13. (13) University of Crete, grid.8127.c
  14. (14) University of Oslo, grid.5510.1
  15. (15) University of Valencia, grid.5338.d
  16. (16) University of Würzburg, grid.8379.5
  17. (17) Utrecht University, grid.5477.1

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BACKGROUND: Numerous birth cohorts have been initiated in the world over the past 30 years using heterogeneous methods to assess the incidence, course and risk factors of asthma and allergies. The aim of the present work is to provide the stepwise proceedings of the development and current version of the harmonized MeDALL-Core Questionnaire (MeDALL-CQ) used prospectively in 11 European birth cohorts. METHODS: The harmonization of questions was accomplished in 4 steps: (i) collection of variables from 14 birth cohorts, (ii) consensus on questionnaire items, (iii) translation and back-translation of the harmonized English MeDALL-CQ into 8 other languages and (iv) implementation of the harmonized follow-up. RESULTS: Three harmonized MeDALL-CQs (2 for parents of children aged 4-9 and 14-18, 1 for adolescents aged 14-18) were developed and used for a harmonized follow-up assessment of 11 European birth cohorts on asthma and allergies with over 13,000 children. CONCLUSIONS: The harmonized MeDALL follow-up produced more comparable data across different cohorts and countries in Europe and will offer the possibility to verify results of former cohort analyses. Thus, MeDALL can become the starting point to stringently plan, conduct and support future common asthma and allergy research initiatives in Europe.

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