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Objectives

The overall objectives of the EGEA study are to study the genetic and environmental factors and their interactions in asthma and asthma-related phenotypes (bronchial hyperresponsivness, atopy), and to clarify the heterogeneity of the disease.

Design

The French cooperative EGEA study includes a case control study and a family study, overall around 2100 subjects.
A first cross-sectional survey took place between 1991 and 1995. The second survey took place between 2003, and 2007. At the end, 2% of the initial population was dead, 92.2% of the initial population still alive had answered to a new short self-completed quesitonnaire and 77.1% to the main questionnaire. At the third survey (2011-2013), 1558 participants filled in their questionnaires (response rate=79.2%).

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Population

Methods

Methods are summarized in the table - See also the questiontionnaires, access throughthe home page

Survey
Egea1
Egea2
New Egea 2
Egea3
Novel aspects Egea3 
Short self-completed Questionnaire and interview-based Questionnaire
Respiratory allergy symptoms (ECRHS-like) + + New aspects Ecrhs2 + Novel aspects Ecrhs3
Drug consumption + + Last 12 and 3 mo; steroid dosage +  
Quality of life (SF36, AQLQ) - +  +  AQLQ
Physiological and biological data
Skin prick tests 11 ag (ECRHS+2) + + + cypress, -
Phadiatop(R) + -  -
WBC + +  -
Total IgE + +  -
LFT, with methacholine challenge + +  -
NO expired air, Exhaled breath condensate - +  -
Blood (serum, plasma, DNA, cell lines) + + Strict conditions of sampling; RNA, erythrocytes -  
Environment
Smoking, Occupation, Indoor, Pets + + All occupational history, cleaning agents, etc..
Pets windows
 +  
Farming +/- + Detailed Egea2  -  
Diet, physical activity - + FFQ  +  
Hormonal-related events - + Ecrhs questionnaire  +  

Usefulness of this research for the society

A better understanding of the relationships between environment, genetics and asthma is important for developing preventive measures and new asthma management. The EGEA study provides public health information with the goal of improving the respiratory health of the population.

More information on design, methods and results may be found in EGEA publications

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Last update 26 September 2016