Umeå SIMSAM Lab: A register-based research program connecting childhood with lifelong health and welfare

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Per Gustafsson - Umeå university, Department of Epidemiology and Glodal Health

Anneli Ivarsson - Umeå university, Department of Epidemiology and Glodal Health

Urban Lindgren - Umeå University, Department for Geography

Xavier de Luna - Umeå University, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Department of Statistics

Karina Nilsson - Umeå University, Department of Sociology

Description:

The Umea ̊ SIMSAM Lab in a nutshell:

1) The Lab was established for interdisciplinary research from childhood into lifelong health and welfare. It provides individual-level data on an entire nation’s population, covering demography, socioeconomics and health, otherwise rarely accessible to the re- search community.

2) Initiated in 2008 and launched in 2014, the Lab hosts comprehensive prospectively collected individual-level data on all 14.9 million individuals in Sweden between 1960 and 2010, including intergenerational links and geographical coordinates. The foundation is data from national registers at Statistics Sweden, rich in demography and socioeconomics. Health data come from national registers such as the Medical Birth Register, the Patient Register, the Prescribed Drug Register and the Celiac Disease Register. Regionally data have been enriched by systematic and long-term initiatives involving data collection on weight/height, lifestyle habits, self-rated health, injuries etc. Each person has a unique serial number that allows linkage on individual level from all data sources.

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Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Per Gustafsson - Umeå university, Department of Epidemiology and Glodal Health

Anneli Ivarsson - Umeå university, Department of Epidemiology and Glodal Health

Urban Lindgren - Umeå University, Department for Geography

Xavier de Luna - Umeå University, Umeå School of Business and Economics, Department of Statistics

Karina Nilsson - Umeå University, Department of Sociology

Identifiers:

SND-ID: EXT 0282

Purpose:

We aim:
(1) to increase knowledge of social and environmental factors that are of importance to health and welfare during childhood and life as it continues, e.g. regarding family changes, exchanges between generations and geographical mobility.
(2) to increase knowledge of several childhood diseases (and injuries) considering the contribution of the social and economic context
(3) i) monitor the health and lifestyle of children from foetal life to adolescence, and identify any changes over time; ii) perform aetiological studies to increase the understanding of child-health determinants from a family and neighbourhood perspective; and iii) evaluate the Salut programme with respect to any changes in lifestyle, health and educational outcomes in the short and long term.
(4) to develop modern statistical methods for microdata research, primarily in order to perform aetiological studies with a life course perspective, and to assess complex interventions.

Description:

The Umea ̊ SIMSAM Lab in a nutshell:

1) The Lab was established for interdisciplinary research from childhood into lifelong health and welfare. It provides individual-level data on an entire nation’s population, covering demography, socioeconomics and health, otherwise rarely accessible to the re- search community.

2) Initiated in 2008 and launched in 2014, the Lab hosts comprehensive prospectively collected individual-level data on all 14.9 million individuals in Sweden between 1960 and 2010, including intergenerational links and geographical coordinates. The foundation is data from national registers at Statistics Sweden, rich in demography and socioeconomics. Health data come from national registers such as the Medical Birth Register, the Patient Register, the Prescribed Drug Register and the Celiac Disease Register. Regionally data have been enriched by systematic and long-term initiatives involving data collection on weight/height, lifestyle habits, self-rated health, injuries etc. Each person has a unique serial number that allows linkage on individual level from all data sources.

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Time period(s) investigated:

1960 — 2010

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Sweden

Population:

Entire Swedish population between 1960 and 2010

Time Method:

Sampling procedure:

Total universe/Complete enumeration
Record linkage of health and socioeconomic registers together with data from population wide health intervention programs

Ethics Review:

Umeå —Dnr 2010-157-31Ö

Umeå —Dnr 2014-185-32Ö

Funding:

Swedish Research Council

Contact person for questions about the data:

Jenny Häggström

Publications

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Urban Lindgren, Karina Nilsson, Xavier de Luna, Anneli Ivarsson; Data Resource Profile: Swedish Microdata Research from Childhood into Lifelong Health and Welfare (Umeå SIMSAM Lab), International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 45, Issue 4, 1 August 2016, Pages 1075-1075g, https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyv358
Oxford University Press

Holowko N, Chaparro MP, Nilsson K et al. Social inequality in pre-pregnancy BMI and gestational weight gain in the first and second pregnancy among women in Sweden. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2015; 69 (12) : 1154-1161. DOI:10.1136/jech-2015-205598
NCBI

Chaparro MP, Ivarsson A, Koupil I et al. Regional inequalities in pre-pregnancy overweight and obesity in Sweden, 1992, 2000, and 2010. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2015; 43 (5) : 534-539. DOI: 10.1177/1403494815579478
SAGE journals

Lindkvist M, Ivarsson A, Silfverdal SA et al. Associations between toddlers' and parents' BMI, in relation to family sociodemography: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2015:15. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-015-2602-8
BMC Public Health

Namatovu F, Lindkvist M, Olsson C, et al. Season and region of birth as risk factors for coeliac disease a key to the aetiology? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2016;101 (12) : 1114-1118. DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2015-310122
BMJ Journals

Namatovu F, Olsson C, Lindkvist M et al. Maternal and perinatal conditions and the risk of developing celiac disease during childhood. BMC Pediatrics 2016; 16. DOI: 10.1186/s12887-016-0613-y
BMC Pediatrics

Leu T, Müller D. Maintaining inherited occupations in changing times: the role of tourism among reindeer herders in northern Sweden. Polar Geography 2016; (1) : 40-57. DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2016.1148794

Mosquera PA, San Sebastian M, Waenerlund AK et al. Income-related inequalities in cardiovascular disease from mid-life to old age in a Northern Swedish cohort: a decomposition analysis. Social Science and Medicine, 2016; 149 : 135-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.12.017

Feldman I, Eurenius E, Häggstrom J et al. Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Salut Programme: a universal health promotion intervention for parents and children-protocol of a register-based retrospective observational study. BMJ Open; 6 (8). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-011202

Baranowska-Rataj A, De Luna X, Ivarsson A. Does the number of siblings affect health in midlife?: Evidence from the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register. Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research: 2016; 35 : 1259-1302. DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.43

Oudin A, Bråbäck L, Oudin Åström D et al. Association between neighbourhood air pollution concentrations and dispensed medication for psychiatric disorders in a large longitudinal cohort of Swedish children and adolescents. BMJ Open; 6 (6) DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010004

Brännlund A, Strandh M, Nilsson K. Mental-health and educational achievement: the link between poor mental-health and upper secondary school completion and grades. Journal of Mental Health, 2017; 26 (4) : 318-325. DOI: 10.1080/09638237.2017.1294739

Häggström J, Sampaio F, Eurenius E et al. Is the Salut Programme an effective and cost-effective universal health promotion intervention for parents and their children?: a register-based retrospective observational study. BMJ Open, 2017; 7 (9). DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016732

Heidrich S. Intergenerational mobility in Sweden: a regional perspective. Journal of Population Economics 2017; 30 (4) : 1241-1280

Chaparro MP, de Luna X, Häggström J et al. Childhood family structure and women's adult overweight risk: A longitudinal study. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 2017; 45 (5) : 511-519. DOI: 10.1177/1403494817705997

Mosquera P, San Sebastian, M, Ivarsson A et al. Are health inequalities rooted in the past? Income inequalities in metabolic syndrome decomposed by childhood conditions. European Journal of Public Health 2017; 27 (2) : 223-233. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckw186
European Journal of Public Health

Namatovu F, Strandh M, Ivarsson A et al. Effect of childhood coeliac disease on ninth grade school performance: evidence from a population-based study. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2018;103 (2) : 143-148. DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-312830

Häggström J. Data-driven Confounder Selection via Markov and Bayesian Networks. Biometrics 2018; 74 (2) : 389-398. DOI: 10.1111/biom.12788

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Umeå SIMSAM Lab: A register-based research program connecting childhood with lifelong health and welfare

Data format / data structure:

Numeric

Data collection:

Time period(s) for data collection: 1960-01-01 — 2010-12-31

Source of the data: Registers/Records/Accounts