Journal article

Seven-year longitudinal change in risk factors for non-communicable diseases in rural Kerala, India: The WHO STEPS approach

Thirunavukkarasu Sathish, Srinivasan Kannan, Sankara P Sarma, Oliver Razum, Odile Sauzet, Kavumpurathu Raman Thankappan

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2017

Abstract

Nearly three-quarters of global deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) occur in low- and middle-income countries such as India. However, there are few data available on longitudinal change in risk factors for NCDs in India. We conducted a cohort study among 495 individuals (aged 15 to 64 years at baseline) in rural Kerala state, India, from 2003 to 2010. For the present analysis, data from 410 adults (aged 20 to 64 years at baseline) who participated at both baseline and follow-up studies were analyzed. We used the World Health Organization STEPwise approach to risk factor surveillance for data collection. Age-adjusted change in risk factors for NCDs was assessed using the mixed-effect..

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Grants

Awarded by ASCEND Program - Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health


Funding Acknowledgements

Thirunavukkarasu Sathish was supported by the prestigious Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship (VIDS) from the Government of Victoria, Australia for his PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He was also supported by the ASCEND Program, funded by the Fogarty International Centre of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number: D43TW008332. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.