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The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Linnaeus Database
Linnédatabasen

Topic
Social Systems and Welfare
Health and Performance
Housing, Urban Development and Mobility
Relevance for this Topic
Country Sweden
URL
More Topics

Governance

Contact information

Gunnar Malmberg and Anders Brändström / Centre for Population Studies
Umeå University
90187 Umeå
Sweden
Phone: +46907865246
Email: Gunnar.Malmberg(at)umu.se
Url: www.ddb.umu.se/.../
http://sjp.sagepub.com/content/38/7/761

Timeliness, transparency

Varies for different kinds of data

Type of data


Registry + Survey

Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of the same sample

Data gathering method

Registries


various other methods

Type of data


Registry + Survey

Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of the same sample

Data gathering method

Registries


various other methods

Type of data


Registry + Survey

Type of Study

Longitude survey: long-term study of the same sample

Data gathering method

Registries


various other methods


Access to data


On site access only, data available only for scientific community and only for researchers collaborating with scholars in the defined research programme.

Conditions of access


Institutional agreements


If collaboration is established, the the data can be available in a few weeks


anonymised microdata


Available in the form of Excel, SAS, SPSS, STATA, Text.


Swedish and also in English. Research has to be carried out in collaboration with Swedish researchers at Umeå University

Access to data


On site access only, data available only for scientific community and only for researchers collaborating with scholars in the defined research programme.

Conditions of access


Institutional agreements


If collaboration is established, the the data can be available in a few weeks


anonymised microdata


Available in the form of Excel, SAS, SPSS, STATA, Text.


Swedish and also in English. Research has to be carried out in collaboration with Swedish researchers at Umeå University

Access to data


On site access only, data available only for scientific community and only for researchers collaborating with scholars in the defined research programme.

Conditions of access


Institutional agreements


If collaboration is established, the the data can be available in a few weeks


anonymised microdata


Available in the form of Excel, SAS, SPSS, STATA, Text.


Swedish and also in English. Research has to be carried out in collaboration with Swedish researchers at Umeå University


Coverage


Varies for different data from the total population to a sample of 4,500.


Census data from 1960, registry data from 1986, survey data from late 1980s


Basic data sets from county of Västerbotten


Registry; Combination of national registries from Statistics Sweden and Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and regional survey data and psychological tests/memory (Umeå).


Total population (most data), County of Västerbotten (life style data, health ), Municipality of Umeå (cognitive data)


Varies


Regional representative: For cognitive and life style data


The Linnaeus Database is a unique research resource. It links information from four existing databases, and enables researchers to see new connections between health, lifestyle and ageing.To allow for interdisciplinary research on the relations between socio-economic conditions and health in the ageing population, a new anonymized longitudinal database – the Linnaeus Database – has been developed at the Centre for Population Studies at Umeå University. Using the Swedish personal numbers the researchers have, in collaboration with Statistics Sweden and the National Board for Health and Welfare, linked individual records from Swedish register data on death causes, hospitalization and various socio-economic conditions with two databases – Betula and VIP (Västerbottens Intervention Programme) – previously developed by the researchers at Umeå University. Whereas Betula includes rich information about e.g. cognitive functions, VIP contains information about e.g. lifestyle and health indicators. Betula Is a research project and a database at the Department of Psychology at Umeå University. Since the 80s, the Betula project has examined the cognitive functions of 4,200 randomly chosen participants living in Umeå. Among other things, the participants do memory tests and answer questions about their health and family situation. Since these participants are tested every five years, the project can follow development of memory and health over time. One of the purposes is to detect early signs of dementia. VIP The Västerbotten Intervention Programme (VIP) is a project and a database owned by the Västerbotten County Council. The VIP database started in 1985 to counteract the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the county of Västerbotten. Up until 2006, about 106,000 health checks had been performed among the local population at the time that they reached 40, 50 and 60 years old. The health checks includes fitness-, nutrition-, and medical tests. Participants may also fill out a questionnaire about lifestyle, work and family etc. Statistics Sweden Provides records of i.a. income, education, family and work, and includes the entire Swedish population. Selected parts of this information is connected to the Linnaeus database. The National Board of Health and Welfare Keeps records of all causes of death in Sweden, as well as when and why people have been in contact with health care. This information is connected to the Linnaeus database. The basic question for ALC (Centre for Aging and Living Conditions) is to discover what constitutes successful ageing. What factors cause some to manage better than others do? What does a society that can take care of its elderly look like? How should our health and medical care be organized? In the future, fewer will be of working age. Who, then, will provide for children and older people? And how are these "new" old people going to occupy themselves? Ensuring that old age is of high quality requires effort. What new roles will exist for the increasing amount of elderly? We use several databases in our research. The Demographic Data Base have Europe's largest historical population database. BETULA contains data on health and cognition, and ASTRID is Sweden's only database in which geographic data are tied to socio-economic data for all Swedish citizens. (From web site/Kenneth Abrahamsson)


www.ddb.umu.se/english/cps/alc/publications-alc/
• Bonita, R., Brändström, A., & Malmberg, G. "Linnaeus: Alive and well". Global health action, 4 (2011): 5760-2. • Edvinsson, S., Häggström Lundevaller, E., & Malmberg, G. "Do unequal societies cause death among the elderly?: A study of the health effects of inequality in Swedish municipalities in 2006". Global health action, 6 (2013): 1-9. • Hedin, K., Clark, E., Lundholm, E., et al. "Neoliberalization of housing in Sweden: gentrification, filtering, and social polarization". Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(2) (2012): 443-463. • Malmberg, Gunnar. "An empty land?: on population dynamics and ageing in a North European periphery". Europa Regional 16(4). • Mulder, C., & Malmberg, G. "Moving related to separation: who moves and to what distance". Environment and planning A, 43(11) (2011): 2589-2607. • Norberg, M., Malmberg, G., Ng, N., et al. "Who is using snus? - Time trends, socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of snus users in the ageing Swedish population". BMC Public Health, 11 (2011): 929. • Olofsson, J., & Malmberg, G. "When will the Russians come?: On Post-Soviet immigration and integration in Sweden International migration". (Geneva. Print), 49(4) (2011): 93-117. • Padyab, M., Malmberg, G., Norberg, M., et al. "Life course socioeconomic position and mortality: A population register based study from Sweden". Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2013.

Coverage


Varies for different data from the total population to a sample of 4,500


Census data from 1960, registry data from 1986, survey data from late 1980s


Basic datasets from county of Västerbotten


Registry; Combination of national registries from Statistics Sweden and Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and regional survey data and psychological tests/memory (Umeå).


Total population (most data), County of Västerbotten (life style data, health ), Municipality of Umeå (cognitive data)


Varies


Regional representative: For cognitive and life style data


The Linnaeus Database is a unique research resource. It links information from four existing databases, and enables researchers to see new connections between health, lifestyle and ageing. To allow for interdisciplinary research on the relations between socio-economic conditions and health in the ageing population, a new anonymized longitudinal database – the Linnaeus Database – has been developed at the Centre for Population Studies at Umeå University. Using the Swedish personal numbers the researchers have, in collaboration with Statistics Sweden and the National Board for Health and Welfare, linked individual records from Swedish register data on death causes, hospitalization and various socio-economic conditions with two databases – Betula and VIP (Västerbottens Intervention Programme) – previously developed by the researchers at Umeå University. Whereas Betula includes rich information about e.g. cognitive functions, VIP contains information about e.g. lifestyle and health indicators. Betula Is a research project and a database at the Department of Psychology at Umeå University. Since the 80s, the Betula project has examined the cognitive functions of 4,200 randomly chosen participants living in Umeå. Among other things, the participants do memory tests and answer questions about their health and family situation. Since these participants are tested every five years, the project can follow development of memory and health over time. One of the purposes is to detect early signs of dementia. VIP The Västerbotten Intervention Programme (VIP) is a project and a database owned by the Västerbotten County Council. The VIP database started in 1985 to counteract the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the county of Västerbotten. Up until 2006, about 106,000 health checks had been performed among the local population at the time that they reached 40, 50 and 60 years old. The health checks includes fitness-, nutrition-, and medical tests. Participants may also fill out a questionnaire about lifestyle, work and family, etc. Statistics Sweden Provides records of i.a. income, education, family and work, and includes the entire Swedish population. Selected parts of this information is connected to the Linnaeus database. The National Board of Health and Welfare Keeps records of all causes of death in Sweden, as well as when and why people have been in contact with health care. This information is connected to the Linnaeus database. The basic question for ALC (Centre for Aging and Living Conditions) is to discover what constitutes successful ageing. What factors cause some to manage better than others do? What does a society that can take care of its elderly look like? How should our health and medical care be organized? In the future, fewer will be of working age. Who, then, will provide for children and older people? And how are these "new" old people going to occupy themselves? Ensuring that old age is of high quality requires effort. What new roles will exist for the increasing amount of elderly? We use several databases in our research. The Demographic Data Base have Europe's largest historical population database. BETULA contains data on health and cognition, and ASTRID is Sweden's only database in which geographic data are tied to socioeconomic data for all Swedish citizens. (From web site/Kenneth Abrahamsson)


www.ddb.umu.se/english/cps/alc/publications-alc/
• Bonita, R., Brändström, A., & Malmberg, G. "Linnaeus: Alive and well". Global health action, 4 (2011): 5760-2. • Edvinsson, S., Häggström Lundevaller, E., & Malmberg, G. "Do unequal societies cause death among the elderly?: A study of the health effects of inequality in Swedish municipalities in 2006". Global health action, 6 (2013): 1-9. • Hedin, K., Clark, E., Lundholm, E., et al. "Neoliberalization of housing in Sweden: gentrification, filtering, and social polarization". Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(2) (2012): 443-463. • Malmberg, Gunnar. "An empty land?: on population dynamics and ageing in a North European periphery". Europa Regional 16(4). • Mulder, C., & Malmberg, G. "Moving related to separation: who moves and to what distance". Environment and planning A, 43(11) (2011): 2589-2607. • Norberg, M., Malmberg, G., Ng, N., et al. "Who is using snus? - Time trends, socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of snus users in the ageing Swedish population". BMC Public Health, 11 (2011): 929. • Olofsson, J., & Malmberg, G. "When will the Russians come?: On Post-Soviet immigration and integration in Sweden International migration". (Geneva. Print), 49(4) (2011): 93-117. • Padyab, M., Malmberg, G., Norberg, M., et al. "Life course socioeconomic position and mortality: A population register based study from Sweden". Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2013.

Coverage


Varies for different data from the total population to a sample of 4,500.


Census data from 1960, registry data from 1986, survey data from late 1980s


Basic data sets from county of Västerbotten


Registry; Combination of national registries from Statistics Sweden and Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and regional survey data and psychological tests/memory (Umeå).


Total population (most data), County of Västerbotten (life style data, health ), Municipality of Umeå (cognitive data)


Varies


Regional representative: For cognitive and life style data


The Linnaeus Database is a unique research resource. It links information from four existing databases, and enables researchers to see new connections between health, lifestyle and ageing.To allow for interdisciplinary research on the relations between socio-economic conditions and health in the ageing population, a new anonymized longitudinal database – the Linnaeus Database – has been developed at the Centre for Population Studies at Umeå University. Using the Swedish personal numbers the researchers have, in collaboration with Statistics Sweden and the National Board for Health and Welfare, linked individual records from Swedish register data on death causes, hospitalization and various socio-economic conditions with two databases – Betula and VIP (Västerbottens Intervention Programme) – previously developed by the researchers at Umeå University. Whereas Betula includes rich information about e.g. cognitive functions, VIP contains information about e.g. lifestyle and health indicators. Betula Is a research project and a database at the Department of Psychology at Umeå University. Since the 80s, the Betula project has examined the cognitive functions of 4,200 randomly chosen participants living in Umeå. Among other things, the participants do memory tests and answer questions about their health and family situation. Since these participants are tested every five years, the project can follow development of memory and health over time. One of the purposes is to detect early signs of dementia. VIP The Västerbotten Intervention Programme (VIP) is a project and a database owned by the Västerbotten County Council. The VIP database started in 1985 to counteract the high prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the county of Västerbotten. Up until 2006, about 106,000 health checks had been performed among the local population at the time that they reached 40, 50 and 60 years old. The health checks includes fitness-, nutrition-, and medical tests. Participants may also fill out a questionnaire about lifestyle, work and family etc. Statistics Sweden Provides records of i.a. income, education, family and work, and includes the entire Swedish population. Selected parts of this information is connected to the Linnaeus database. The National Board of Health and Welfare Keeps records of all causes of death in Sweden, as well as when and why people have been in contact with health care. This information is connected to the Linnaeus database. The basic question for ALC (Centre for Aging and Living Conditions) is to discover what constitutes successful ageing. What factors cause some to manage better than others do? What does a society that can take care of its elderly look like? How should our health and medical care be organized? In the future, fewer will be of working age. Who, then, will provide for children and older people? And how are these "new" old people going to occupy themselves? Ensuring that old age is of high quality requires effort. What new roles will exist for the increasing amount of elderly? We use several databases in our research. The Demographic Data Base have Europe's largest historical population database. BETULA contains data on health and cognition, and ASTRID is Sweden's only database in which geographic data are tied to socio-economic data for all Swedish citizens. (From web site/Kenneth Abrahamsson)


www.ddb.umu.se/english/cps/alc/publications-alc/
• Bonita, R., Brändström, A., & Malmberg, G. "Linnaeus: Alive and well". Global health action, 4 (2011): 5760-2. • Edvinsson, S., Häggström Lundevaller, E., & Malmberg, G. "Do unequal societies cause death among the elderly?: A study of the health effects of inequality in Swedish municipalities in 2006". Global health action, 6 (2013): 1-9. • Hedin, K., Clark, E., Lundholm, E., et al. "Neoliberalization of housing in Sweden: gentrification, filtering, and social polarization". Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(2) (2012): 443-463. • Malmberg, Gunnar. "An empty land?: on population dynamics and ageing in a North European periphery". Europa Regional 16(4). • Mulder, C., & Malmberg, G. "Moving related to separation: who moves and to what distance". Environment and planning A, 43(11) (2011): 2589-2607. • Norberg, M., Malmberg, G., Ng, N., et al. "Who is using snus? - Time trends, socioeconomic and geographic characteristics of snus users in the ageing Swedish population". BMC Public Health, 11 (2011): 929. • Olofsson, J., & Malmberg, G. "When will the Russians come?: On Post-Soviet immigration and integration in Sweden International migration". (Geneva. Print), 49(4) (2011): 93-117. • Padyab, M., Malmberg, G., Norberg, M., et al. "Life course socioeconomic position and mortality: A population register based study from Sweden". Scandinavian Journal of Public Health 2013.


Linkage


ISCED and ISCO are used.


The databases is based on personal numbers which allow the linking between various registers and surveys, but the researchers only have access to anonymised numbers.

Linkage


ISCED and ISCO are used.


The databases is based on personal numbers which allow the linking between various registers and surveys, but the researchers only have access to anonymised numbers.

Linkage


ISCED and ISCO are used.


The databases is based on personal numbers which allow the linking between various registers and surveys, but the researchers only have access to anonymised numbers.


Data quality


The errors in the data are relatively few


Though breaks exist, there is a relative consistency in the data over time.


Though breaks exist, there is a relative consistency in the data over time.

Data quality


The errors in the data are relatively few.


Though breaks exist, there is a relative consistency in the data over time.


Though breaks exist, there is a relative consistency in the data over time.

Data quality


The errors in the data are relatively few


Though breaks exist, there is a relative consistency in the data over time.


Though breaks exist, there is a relative consistency in the data over time.


Applicability


Advantages of the Linnaeus Database Longitudinal analyses of the interrelations between health and socio-economic conditions Cognition, health and life style data in Betula and VIPHealth outcome in the Patient and Death Cause Registers. Rich socio-economic information in Statistics Sweden data. Create data of neighbourhoods and networks. Combination of individual, network, neighbourhood variables, data on mobility, (residential, interregional, work places, separations etc). Register data covers a longer period and has a higher time resolution. Register data include the whole population. Drop out analysis. Data quality control. Due to the coverage and rich information, the Linnaeus database allow for a variety of longitudinal studies on the relations between for instance socio-economic conditions, health, life-style, cognition, family networks, migration and working conditions in ageing cohorts. Due to the coverage and rich information, the Linnaeus Database allows for a variety of longitudinal studies on the relations between, for instance, socioeconomic conditions, health, lifestyle, cognition, family networks, migration and working conditions in ageing cohorts. Conclusions: By joining various datasets developed in different disciplinary traditions new possibilities for interdisciplinary research on ageing emerge.

Applicability


Advantages of the Linnaeus Database Longitudinal analyses of the interrelations between health and socio-economic conditions Cognition, health and life style data in Betula and VIPHealth outcome in the Patient and Death Cause Registers. Rich socio-economic information in Statistics Sweden data. Create data of neighbourhoods and networks. Combination of individual, network, neighbourhood variables, data on mobility, (residential, interregional, work places, separations etc). Register data covers a longer period and has a higher time resolution. Register data include the whole population. Drop out analysis. Data quality control. Due to the coverage and rich information, the Linnaeus database allow for a variety of longitudinal studies on the relations between for instance socio-economic conditions, health, life-style, cognition, family networks, migration and working conditions in ageing cohorts. Due to the coverage and rich information, the Linnaeus Database allows for a variety of longitudinal studies on the relations between, for instance, socioeconomic conditions, health, lifestyle, cognition, family networks, migration and working conditions in ageing cohorts. Conclusions: By joining various datasets developed in different disciplinary traditions new possibilities for interdisciplinary research on ageing emerge.

Applicability


Advantages of the Linnaeus Database Longitudinal analyses of the interrelations between health and socio-economic conditions Cognition, health and life style data in Betula and VIPHealth outcome in the Patient and Death Cause Registers. Rich socio-economic information in Statistics Sweden data. Create data of neighbourhoods and networks. Combination of individual, network, neighbourhood variables, data on mobility, (residential, interregional, work places, separations etc). Register data covers a longer period and has a higher time resolution. Register data include the whole population. Drop out analysis. Data quality control. Due to the coverage and rich information, the Linnaeus database allow for a variety of longitudinal studies on the relations between for instance socio-economic conditions, health, life-style, cognition, family networks, migration and working conditions in ageing cohorts. Due to the coverage and rich information, the Linnaeus Database allows for a variety of longitudinal studies on the relations between, for instance, socio-economic conditions, health, lifestyle, cognition, family networks, migration and working conditions in ageing cohorts. Conclusions: By joining various datasets developed in different disciplinary traditions new possibilities for interdisciplinary research on ageing emerge.


  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Kenneth Abrahamsson
  • (see Partners)