Opportunities for a population-based cohort in Belgium

Last updated on 9-10-2022 by Brecht Devleesschauwer

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Population-based cohorts allow providing answers to a wide range of policy-relevant research questions. In Belgium, existing cohort-like initiatives are limited by their focus on specific population groups or specific topics, or they lack a true longitudinal design. Since 2016, consultations and deliberative processes have been set up to explore the opportunities for a population-based cohort in Belgium. Through these processes, several recommendations emerged to pave the way forward – i.e., to facilitate the establishment of administrative linkages, increase digitalisation, secure long-ter…

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