Nursing News: 36-Year Women’s Health Study Focuses on Nurses

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, June 12th, 2012

For more than 35 years, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health have been regularly surveying hundreds of thousands of nurses throughout the United States for research that fundamentally changed our nation’s understanding of women’s health. Now they are looking to study the next generation of nurses, enrolling another 100,000 women, ages 20 and older.Nursing Research from Harvard

The Nurses’ Health Study began in 1976, enrolling about 120,000 nurses ages 30 and up with the goal of studying breast cancer and the long-term effects of taking oral contraceptives. In 1989, another 116,000 women began filling out regular surveys about their lifestyles and medical histories.

The researchers chose nurses for two reasons. They knew the women would be committed to the project and, for the most part, they could trust the nurses’ assessments of their own medical histories.

The results of the studies have been far-reaching, leading to a better understanding of cardiovascular risks in women, risk factors related to birth control, and the dangers of diets high in trans fat. As the women in the first round of the study grow older, researchers are using their data to look at factors contributing to Alzheimer’s disease, other age-related illnesses, and healthy aging.

The goal with the latest recruitment is to attract young women….yet another way nurses serve.

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2 responses to “Nursing News: 36-Year Women’s Health Study Focuses on Nurses”

  1. Please let your readers know that they can join the study and learn more about it at Thanks for spreading the word!

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