PARSIFAL

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Göran Pershagen - Karolinska Institute, Institute of Environmental Medicine

Description:

The international project PARSIFAL (Prevention of Allergy - Risk factors for Sensitization In children related to Farming and Anthroposophic life Style) Is directed from the Institute of environmental medicine at the Karolinska institute, and consists of children from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and Austria. Participants were primary selected from schools in rural areas, attending anthroposophic schools or living on farms. Children not living on farms and attending other schools were selected as references. The study design has been described in detail (Alfvén et al 2006). A total of 14,893 children, age 5-13 years participated. The parents answered a questionnaire providing information regarding homeenvironment, food, medical history and socioeconomi. Exposure and lifestyle factors related to the agricultural environment and anthroposophi was focused on.

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Göran Pershagen - Karolinska Institute, Institute of Environmental Medicine

Identifiers:

SND-ID: EXT 0040

Purpose:

The purpose of PARSIFAL is to study protective factors for allergy development in children raised at farms or in anthroposophic environments.

Description:

The international project PARSIFAL (Prevention of Allergy - Risk factors for Sensitization In children related to Farming and Anthroposophic life Style) Is directed from the Institute of environmental medicine at the Karolinska institute, and consists of children from the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and Austria. Participants were primary selected from schools in rural areas, attending anthroposophic schools or living on farms. Children not living on farms and attending other schools were selected as references. The study design has been described in detail (Alfvén et al 2006). A total of 14,893 children, age 5-13 years participated. The parents answered a questionnaire providing information regarding homeenvironment, food, medical history and socioeconomi. Exposure and lifestyle factors related to the agricultural environment and anthroposophi was focused on.

Time period(s) investigated:

2000 — 2004

Geographic spread:

Unit of analysis:

Population:

x

Time Method:

Sampling procedure:

Probability: Cluster

Funding:

European Union

Contact person for questions about the data:

Göran Pershagen

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Alfvén T, Braun-Fahrländer C, Brunekreef B, von Mutius E, Riedler J, Scheynius A, van Hage-Hamsten M, Wickman M, Benz MR, Budde J, Michels KM, Schram D, Üblagger E, Waser M, Pershagen G, and the PARSIFAL study group. Allergic diseases and atopic sensitisation in children related for farming and anthroposophic lifestyle - The PARSIFAL study , Allergy 61:414-21

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Dataset EXT 0040-001

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

Data collection:

Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire: paper

Time period(s) for data collection: 2000-10 — 2002-05

Source of the data: Population group, Biological samples

Number of individuals/objects:

14893

Response rate/participation rate:

69%

Dataset EXT 0040-002

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

Data collection:

Mode of collection: Physical measurements and tests

Time period(s) for data collection: 2000-10 — 2002-05

Source of the data: Population group, Biological samples

Number of individuals/objects:

4050

Response rate/participation rate:

67%