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Population based study of health and living conditions in areas with both Sámi and Norwegian populations--the SAMINOR study.
Int J Circumpolar Health. 2007 Apr; 66(2):113-28.IJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVES

The overall aim of the SAMINOR project was to study health and diseases in relation to living conditions among the Sámi population and to compare these with the Norwegian population in the same area. This article provides an overview of the background of the study and a description of the methods employed for the data collection. We give sample characteristics and elaborate on different definitions of ethnicity.

STUDY DESIGN

Cross-sectional, population-based study, including questionnaires, a clinical examination and analyses of blood samples.

METHODS

All individuals 30 or 36 to 79 years of age who were living in defined municipalities or specified local areas with a known Sámi population were invited to a cardiovascular screening program. The data were collected during 2003-2004. The questionnaires focused on living conditions, health, Sámi traditions and ethnicity. The eligible population consisted of 27,987 individuals and 16,865 (60.6%) participated by answering at least one questionnaire. Analyses were restricted to the 36 to 79 year-old age group which had 16,538 participants. The screening program comprised a blood sample, measurements of blood pressure, height, weight, and waist and hip ratio. Different definitions of Sámi ethnicity were explored.

RESULTS

Of the sample, 35.6% reported Sámi background, and 13.2% reported that they, their parents and their grandparents had Sámi as their domestic language. This stringent definition of Sámi produced clearer differences between Sámi and Norwegians, as shown for some measures of socioeconomic status.

CONCLUSIONS

The findings that are related to more strict definitions of Sámi ethnicity have important implications for the interpretation of earlier works and for future studies.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Centre for Sámi Health Research, Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tromsø, Norway. Eiliv.Lund@ism.uit.noNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17515251

Citation

Lund, Eiliv, et al. "Population Based Study of Health and Living Conditions in Areas With Both Sámi and Norwegian Populations--the SAMINOR Study." International Journal of Circumpolar Health, vol. 66, no. 2, 2007, pp. 113-28.
Lund E, Melhus M, Hansen KL, et al. Population based study of health and living conditions in areas with both Sámi and Norwegian populations--the SAMINOR study. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2007;66(2):113-28.
Lund, E., Melhus, M., Hansen, K. L., Nystad, T., Broderstad, A. R., Selmer, R., & Lund-Larsen, P. G. (2007). Population based study of health and living conditions in areas with both Sámi and Norwegian populations--the SAMINOR study. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 66(2), 113-28.
Lund E, et al. Population Based Study of Health and Living Conditions in Areas With Both Sámi and Norwegian Populations--the SAMINOR Study. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2007;66(2):113-28. PubMed PMID: 17515251.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Population based study of health and living conditions in areas with both Sámi and Norwegian populations--the SAMINOR study. AU - Lund,Eiliv, AU - Melhus,Marita, AU - Hansen,Ketil Lenert, AU - Nystad,Tove, AU - Broderstad,Ann Ragnhild, AU - Selmer,Randi, AU - Lund-Larsen,Per G, PY - 2007/5/23/pubmed PY - 2007/7/4/medline PY - 2007/5/23/entrez SP - 113 EP - 28 JF - International journal of circumpolar health JO - Int J Circumpolar Health VL - 66 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVES: The overall aim of the SAMINOR project was to study health and diseases in relation to living conditions among the Sámi population and to compare these with the Norwegian population in the same area. This article provides an overview of the background of the study and a description of the methods employed for the data collection. We give sample characteristics and elaborate on different definitions of ethnicity. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional, population-based study, including questionnaires, a clinical examination and analyses of blood samples. METHODS: All individuals 30 or 36 to 79 years of age who were living in defined municipalities or specified local areas with a known Sámi population were invited to a cardiovascular screening program. The data were collected during 2003-2004. The questionnaires focused on living conditions, health, Sámi traditions and ethnicity. The eligible population consisted of 27,987 individuals and 16,865 (60.6%) participated by answering at least one questionnaire. Analyses were restricted to the 36 to 79 year-old age group which had 16,538 participants. The screening program comprised a blood sample, measurements of blood pressure, height, weight, and waist and hip ratio. Different definitions of Sámi ethnicity were explored. RESULTS: Of the sample, 35.6% reported Sámi background, and 13.2% reported that they, their parents and their grandparents had Sámi as their domestic language. This stringent definition of Sámi produced clearer differences between Sámi and Norwegians, as shown for some measures of socioeconomic status. CONCLUSIONS: The findings that are related to more strict definitions of Sámi ethnicity have important implications for the interpretation of earlier works and for future studies. SN - 1239-9736 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17515251/Population_based_study_of_health_and_living_conditions_in_areas_with_both_Sámi_and_Norwegian_populations__the_SAMINOR_study_ L2 - https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3402/ijch.v66i2.18241 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -