PARSIFAL

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Göran Pershagen - Karolinska Institutet, 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.

Purpose:

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

Responsible department/unit

Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Göran Pershagen - Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine

Identifiers

SND-ID: EXT 0040

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.

Purpose:

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

Time period(s) investigated

2000 — 2004

Geographic spread

Unit of analysis

Population

x

Time Method

Sampling procedure

Probability: Cluster

Funding

European Union

Contact for questions about the data

Göran Pershagen

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Publications

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 1

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Göran Pershagen - Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine

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 2

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Göran Pershagen - Karolinska Institutet, Institute of Environmental Medicine

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

Published: 2012-01-01
Last updated: 2017-06-05