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The Danish Health Examination Survey 2007-2008 (DANHES 2007-2008)

The Danish Health Examination Survey 2007-2008 (DANHES 2007-2008) is so far the largest nationwide health study of the Danish adult population. The focus of the survey is the risk factors diet, smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity.


The DANHES 2007-2008 was initiated by the former Danish National Council for Public Health. The health examination survey was carried out by the National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, and the survey was funded by the Ministry of the Interior and Health and the Tryg Foundation.


Study population and methods

The survey was carried out in 13 of 98 municipalities in Denmark in 2007-2008. In all the participating municipalities all adults (18+ years) were invited to fill in an internet-based questionnaire, and a random sample of this adult population was invited to participate in a health examination consisting of the following measurements and tests: blood pressure, heart rate, body weight, height, waist and hip circumference, lung function, bone mineral density, muscle strength, physical function, aerobic fitness and blood samples.


In total 76,484 individuals completed the questionnaire, and 18,065 individuals participated in the health examination. All participants are registered by their Personal Identification Number, which enables register-based analyses of hospitalisations etc. as well as long-term follow-up through registers or by repeated surveys.


Janne Schurmann Tolstrup

Updated: 23.02.11