Stockholm Public Health Cohort

SND-ID: EXT 0171

This study is part of the collection Swedish Cohort Consortium (

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Cecilia Magnusson - Stockholm County Council, Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine


The Stockholm Public Health Cohort is a prospective study set within the framework of the Stockholm County Council public health surveys of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. The surveys involved random samples of the background population of Stockholm county 18 years and above. To date, the study comprise almost 115 000 participants.

Baseline surveys took place in 2002, 2006 and 2010 via self-administered questionnaires. So far, participants recruited in 2002 were re-surveyed twice, in 2007 and 2010, and those enrolled in 2006 were re-surveyed once, in 2010. Self-reported data are regularly supplemented by information from national and regional health data and administrative registers, for study participants and their relatives (including their offspring).

Available data are extensive and include a wide array of health, lifestyle, perinatal, demographic, socio-economic and familial factors. The cohort is an international resource for epidemiological research, and the data available to the research community for specific studies obtained approval from the Stockholm Public Health Cohort Steering Com

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Stockholm County Council

Responsible department/unit

Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine

Protection and ethical review
Method and time period

Unit of analysis

Sampling procedure

Probability: Stratified

Time period(s) investigated

2002 – ongoing


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Deogan C, Cnattingius S, Månsdotter A. Risk of self-reported Chlamydia trachomatis infection by social and lifestyle factors: a study based on survey data from young adults in Stockholm, Sweden. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2012 Dec;17(6):458-67. doi: 10.3109/13625187.2012.729624. Epub 2012 Oct 31.

Stenberg B, Meding B, Svensson A. Dermatology in public health--a model for surveillance of common skin diseases. Scand J Public Health. 2010 Jun;38(4):368-74. doi: 10.1177/1403494810364557. Epub 2010 Mar 12.

Ahacic K, Kåreholt I, Helgason AR, Allebeck P. Non-response bias and hazardous alcohol use in relation to previous alcohol-related hospitalization: comparing survey responses with population data. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2013 Mar 4;8:10. doi: 10.1186/1747-597X-8-10.

Skillgate E, Magnusson C, Lundberg M, Hallqvist J. The age- and sex-specific occurrence of bothersome neck pain in the general population--results from the Stockholm public health cohort. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012 Sep 24;13:185. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-13-185.

Wahlström L, Michélsen H, Schulman A, Backheden M. Psychological distress and sick leave in Swedish survivors of the 2004 tsunami: a comparison with a population sample. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2009 Dec;197(12):918-22. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3181c29a60.

Hultin H, Lindholm C, Malfert M, Möller J. Short-term sick leave and future risk of sickness absence and unemployment - the impact of health status. BMC Public Health. 2012 Oct 10;12:861. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-861.

Leijon O, Mulder M. Prevalence of low back pain and concurrent psychological distress over a 16-year period. Occup Environ Med. 2009 Feb;66(2):137-9. doi: 10.1136/oem.2008.040337. Epub 2008 Nov 21.

Bohman T, Alfredsson L, Hallqvist J, Vingård E, Skillgate E. The influence of self-reported leisure time physical activity and the body mass index on recovery from persistent back pain among men and women: a population-based cohort study. BMC Public Health. 2013 Apr 25;13(1):385. [Epub ahead of print]

Winnersjö R, Ponce de Leon A, Soares JF, Macassa G. Violence and self-reported health: does individual socioeconomic position matter? J Inj Violence Res. 2012 Jul;4(2):87-95. doi: 10.5249/jivr.v4i2.122. Epub 2011 May 5.

Rai D, Kosidou K, Lundberg M, Araya R, Lewis G, Magnusson C. Psychological distress and risk of long-term disability: population-based longitudinal study. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2012 Jul;66(7):586-92. doi: 10.1136/jech.2010.119644. Epub 2011 Mar 21.

Engström K, Magnusson C, Galanti MR. Socio-demographic, lifestyle and health characteristics among snus users and dual tobacco users in Stockholm County, Sweden. BMC Public Health. 2010 Oct 18;10:619. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-619.

Kosidou K, Dalman C, Lundberg M, Hallqvist J, Isacsson G, Magnusson C. Socioeconomic status and risk of psychological distress and depression in the Stockholm Public Health Cohort: a population-based study. J Affect Disord. 2011 Nov;134(1-3):160-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2011.05.024.

Engström K, Mattsson F, Järleborg A, Hallqvist J. Contextual social capital as a risk factor for poor self-rated health: a multilevel analysis. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Jun;66(11):2268-80. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.01.019. Epub 2008 Mar 7.

Löfqvist T, Burström B, Walander A, Ljung R. Inequalities in avoidable hospitalisation by area income and the role of individual characteristics: a population-based register study in Stockholm County, Sweden. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Sep 30. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2012-001715. [Epub ahead of print]

Paanalahti K, Holm LW, Magnusson C, Carroll L, Nordin M, Skillgate E. The sex-specific interrelationship between spinal pain and psychological distress across time in the general population. Results from the Stockholm Public Health Study. Spine J. 2013 Nov 19. pii: S1529-9430(13)01730-0. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2013.11.017. [Epub ahead of print]

Hansson J, Galanti MR, Hergens MP, Fredlund P, Ahlbom A, Alfredsson L, Bellocco R, Eriksson M, Hallqvist J, Hedblad B, Jansson JH, Nilsson P, Pedersen N, Trolle Lagerros Y, Ostergren PO, Magnusson C. Use of snus and acute myocardial infarction: pooled analysis of eight prospective observational studies. Eur J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct;27(10):771-9. doi: 10.1007/s10654-012-9704-8. Epub 2012 Jun 22.

Leijon O, Wahlström J, Mulder M. Prevalence of self-reported neck-shoulder-arm pain and concurrent low back pain or psychological distress: time-trends in a general population, 1990-2006. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2009 Aug 1;34(17):1863-8. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181ab3397

Månsdotter A, Fredlund P, Hallqvist J, Magnusson C. Who takes paternity leave? A cohort study on prior social and health characteristics among fathers in Stockholm. J Public Health Policy. 2010 Sep;31(3):324-41. doi: 10.1057/jphp.2010.24.

Palmlöf L, Skillgate E, Alfredsson L, Vingård E, Magnusson C, Lundberg M, Holm LW. Does income matter for troublesome neck pain? A population-based study on risk and prognosis. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2012 Nov;66(11):1063-70. doi: 10.1136/jech-2011-200783. Epub 2012 Mar 12.

Backhans MC, Hemmingsson T. Unemployment and mental health--who is (not) affected? Eur J Public Health. 2012 Jun;22(3):429-33. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckr059. Epub 2011 May 20.

Hansson J, Galanti MR, Magnusson C, Hergens MP. Weight gain and incident obesity among male snus users. BMC Public Health. 2011 May 23;11:371. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-11-371.

Agerholm J, Bruce D, Ponce de Leon A, Burström B. Socioeconomic differences in healthcare utilization, with and without adjustment for need: an example from Stockholm, Sweden. Scand J Public Health. 2013 May;41(3):318-25. doi: 10.1177/1403494812473205. Epub 2013 Feb 13.

Backhans MC, Lundin A, Hemmingsson T. Binge drinking--a predictor for or a consequence of unemployment? Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2012 Nov;36(11):1983-90. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01822.x. Epub 2012 Aug 15.

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Self-reported data are regularly supplemented by information from national and regional health data and administrative registers, for study participants and their relatives (including their offspring). The study comprise almost 115 000 participants (Feb. 2017).

Data format / data structure


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Cecilia Magnusson - Stockholm County Council, Centre for Epidemiology and Community Medicine

Data collection

  • Mode of collection: Self-administered questionnaire
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2002–ongoing
  • Data collector: Statistics Sweden
  • Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts: Administrative, Population group

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Published: 2015-04-27
Last updated: 2017-02-21