The Belgian health examination survey: objectives, design and methods.

Last updated on 3-1-2021 by Johan Van der Heyden

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Background: In 2018 the first Belgian Health Examination Survey (BELHES) took place. The target group included all Belgian residents aged 18 years and older. The BELHES was organized as a second stage of the sixth Belgian Health Interview Survey (BHIS). This paper describes the study design, recruitment method and the methodological choices that were made in the BELHES. Methods: After a pilot period during the first quarter of the BHIS fieldwork, eligible BHIS participants were invited to participate in the BELHES until a predefined number ( = 1100) was reached. To obtain the required sa…

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