You’ve all heard about the Nurses’ Health Study at one time or another.
But did you know that NHS3 is actively recruiting participants for the next generation of invaluable health research?
NHS: a brief history
The Nurses’ Health Study began in 1976, initially to look at any long-term consequences of oral contraceptives. Nurses made the perfect study participants (of course!) due to their education and ability to accurately reply to technically worded questionnaires. The study began with questions about disease, smoking, oral contraception and menopause. A few years later, diet, nutrition and quality-of-life inquiries were added.
The Nurses’ Health Study II was launched in 1989, with the Intent, to enroll younger nurses. Although the researchers had concerns about being able to retain younger nurses who may change jobs, change their names after marriage, or lead busy family lives, they managed to recruit 116,000 nurses.
Ninety percent of all Nurses’ Health Study participants are still involved today, shaping the trajectory of health and medicine; not only for women, but for all people.
Here is a brief snapshot of some of the important research being done using data collected through the Nurses’ Health Study. And this is only in the last year or so:
- BPA and type 2 diabetes risk
- Lead exposure and age at menopause
- Cutaneous nevi association with breast cancer
- Tree nuts and relationship with metabolic syndrome and obesity
- Depressive symptoms and incidence of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis
- Smoking and psoriasis risk
The Nurses’ Health Study is now recruiting its third generation of nurses for Nurses’ Health Study 3 (NHS3). It is expanding its search, now looking to include 20,000 men in nursing, as well as nursing students. With 60,000 nurses to go, NHS3 urges nurses to participate now.
NHS3 is supported by some of the premier nursing organizations in the country, including the American Nurses Association, National Black Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Signing up is free and easy. The study is now entirely Web-based. The research will focus on areas including lifestyle, fertility/pregnancy, environment and nursing exposures.
Participants must be RNs or LPNs, between the ages of 20 and 46, and living in the U.S. or Canada. According to the NHS3 FaceBook page, nursing students and men are now eligible to participate. Data collection information is confidential.
Click this link to join the NHS3 study today.
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