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The original Whitehall Study investigated social determinants of health, specifically the cardiorespiratory disease prevalence and mortality rates among British male civil servants between the ages of 20 and 64. The initial study, the Whitehall I Study, examined over 18,000 male civil servants, and was conducted over a period of ten years, beginning in 1967.
Main Topics/Subject Category
Cardiorespiratory disease prevalence, social determinants, mortality rates, smoking, car ownership, leisure, diabetes
Poverty, social determinants, employment, status, cardiovascular disease, ECG measurements, respiratory disease, diabetes, mortality, mortality rates, obesity, smoking, leisure time, high blood pressure, physical activity.
Poverty, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, employment, high blood pressure, leisure time, mortality rates, obesity, physical activity, respiratory disease, smoking, social determinnats
Economic/Subject Categories
Employment, Labour
Area of Health System
Public health
Disease Area
Cardiovascular diseases, Diabetes, Respiratory diseases
Data Available
Demographic, Risk behaviours, Socio-economic
Data collecting organization (s)
UCL Department of Epidemiology and Public Health
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
Coverage (date of field work)
1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976
Unit of Analysis

1967 - 18,000 men in British civil service

Conditions of Access
Free access
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