Lifestyle study Overview
The Lifestyle Study aims to better understand the health benefits and risk of indigenous lifestyle practices of Ghanaians. This longitudinal study examines the risk factors of lifestyle and chronic disease outcome among Ghanaian adults. The lifestyle study, which uses standardized methodology, is designed to estimate chronic disease mortality, morbidity, and the prevalence of known and suspected chronic disease risk factors in Ghanaians and assesses the significance of these risk factors. Our risk (and protective) factors of interest include, but not limited to, diet and eating patterns, smoking and substance use, herbal and orthodox drug use, physical activity, cholesterol and hypertension, stress and workplace stress, religion, cultural mores, and extra-societal influences.
The lifestyle study is founded by, Project Health Ghana. The Martin Luther Health School, in Kintampo and Accra, supports this study. Our collaborators include Kintampo Health Research Institute, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, NJ., and Brookdale Community College, NJ.
The lifestyle study, which begun in 2022, includes all geographical areas, communities and tribes of Ghana. The study began by recruiting the pioneer cohort across the country of which a subset will undergo comprehensive medical and diagnostic screening. Recruitment will be ongoing until the required study sample size is attained. Study participants are followed voluntarily and longitudinally until lost to follow-up or the attainment of desired outcome.
The Lifestyle Study welcomes enquiries from the general public on volunteering opportunities.
The Lifestyle Study would not be able to continue without the generosity of the Ghanaian community. To advance this highly valuable public health research, we will need Ghanaians to voluntarily participate in our studies. For further information on volunteering in one of our studies, please visit our Study Participants link.
Researchers & Student Researcher
The Lifestyle Study welcomes the interest and proposals of outside researchers. Collaboration is encouraged as it helps to maximize the scientific value of the of epidemiologic data. Access to our data for a wide range of investigations will enable research discoveries related to other diseases. We are open to accepting Ancillary Studies Investigators to ensure optimal scientific outcome.