Factors related to use of prostate cancer screening: the Alberta Tomorrow Project
They wanted to determine the factors with PSA (prostate-specific antigen) in asymptomatic men >50. The study looked at 11000 participants and found 50% of the study group received one or more tests in their lifetime. 58% of those were asymptomatic at the time they took their last test. The study concluded that more men are getting the PSA test which showed that there are other factors other than symptoms that influence people to get tested.
Adaptation and evaluation of the National Cancer Institute’s Diet History Questionnaire and nutrient database for Canadian populations
Alberta particpants completed 13181 Diet History Questionnares to estimate nutrient intakes. 25% of 2411 foods deemed mostly to differ in nutrient profile were subsequently modified for folate, 11% for viatmin D, 10% for calcium/riboflavin, and 7-10% of remaining nutrients of interest.
Reliability and Validity of the Past Year Total Physical Activity Questionnaire
The study team assessed how reliable/valid the Past Year Total Physical Activity Questionnaire (PYTPAQ) is. They looked at 154 healthy Canadians to assess it’s reliability. Participants wore an accelerometer for 7 days and completed activity logs. They determined that there was a good validity and reliability to this test and it can be compared to similiar questions.
Population-based cohort development in Alberta, Canada: A feasibility study
This study reached out to 226252 people, where 11865 enrolled . 84% of those people were from Alberta. 97% of the group studied agreed to be linked with healthcare data and 91% agreed they would provide blood samples. This study showed that Alberta could have a very diverse cohort to be studied and examine health outcomes.
Predictors of colorectal cancer screening: a comparison of men and women.
The study found screening for colorectal cancer in average-risk adults was infrequent in this sample and lagged behind screening for other cancers. They suggested that educational programs might afford more success for people to get screened.