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DEGS at a glance

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has been conducting the "German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Adults" (DEGS) for many years. The study is carried out in several waves.

Current status

The first wave based on the concept of an interview and examination survey – DEGS1 – was conducted from the end of 2008 until the end of 2011 (see table).

The DEGS study population consisted of re-invited people who had participated in the "German National Health Interview and Examination Survey 1998" (GNHIES98), conducted by the RKI in 1997-1999, and newly sampled persons. The participants in DEGS constitute the baseline cohort for repeated health interviews and examinations to be conducted later.

Study/wavePeriodMethodsStatus
DEGS2008-2011Interviews and examinationsData collection completed
GNHIES981997-1999Interviews and examinationsResults available