Epidemiology of Skin Diseases in Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966

Research team
Tasanen-Määttä, Kaisa, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Head of Department of Dermatology, Oulu University Hospital, Department of Dermatology, Sinikumpu, Suvi-Päivikki, M.D., Oulu University Hospital, Department of Dermatology, Huilaja, Laura, M.D., Ph.D., Oulu University, Department of Dermatology

Partner in cooperation
Jokelainen, Jari (Stat.), Oulu University, Department of Public Health Science and General Practice, Timonen, Markku, M.D.,Ph.D., Oulu University, Department of Public Health Science and General Practice.

Skin is the biggest organ of a human body. Due to complicated structure and many different functions, skin diseases include a vast range of disorders. They are common and the overall prevalence of skin disorders has been reported to be as high as 35%.

However, population-based epidemiologic studies of the skin disorders have been sparse. Therefore, we aim to evaluate the epidemiology of skin diseases in detail. Not only the prevalence numbers of the skin disorders but the background factors and the factors being in relation to the skin disorders are aimed to be under evaluation.

The study population consists of the wide North Finnish Birth Cohort 1966 (NFBC 1966, n= 12 000). NFBC 1966 is the epidemiological and longitudinal research program from two northernmost provinces of Finland.  All children in North Finland whose expected time of delivery was in 1966 were included in the research.  Study cases have been followed regularly since birth by health questionnaires and by clinical health examinations. During years 2012-2013 the study cases in Oulu area (n= 2000), now 46-years old, have participated in many-sided health program, including comprehensive dermatologic status.

The follow-up of the study cases as regard to skin examination is going to be finished at May 2013. Thereafter, analysis are to be performed and the results of the study will be published by the research team.

The study is going to be performed by close collaboration between the Department of Dermatology of Oulu University Hospital and Department of Public Health Science and General Practice of Oulu University.

The study has been funded by Oulu University, North Ostrobothnia Health Care District and Academy of Finland.

More information
Corresponding researcher: suvi-paivikki.sinikumpu at ppshp.fi; Head of the research group: kaisa.tasanen-maatta at oulu.fi

Last updated: 23.8.2018