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Cross-study research: Evaluating the opportunities and obstacles in integrating longitudinal data from diverse sources
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    Conference presentation
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  • Authors:
    Park A, O'Neill DA
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    Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies Conference 2018
  • Conference place:
    University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
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  • Keywords:
    Longitudinal research, Data harmonisation
Longitudinal research can offer valuable insights into the sequencing of social, psychological and biomedical phenomena across the lifecourse. Individual cohort and panel studies have helped to greatly improve both understanding and practice across diverse areas of research and intervention. In this presentation, we will discuss how the value such studies offer in isolation can be further extended when multiple studies are used in combination. The collation and synthesis of data from different sources can enhance our ability to assess changes in wellbeing and social factors across the lifecourse. The harmonisation of data from studies covering different time periods can also help researchers explore how changing socio-economic contexts can impact upon these social, psychological and biomedical phenomena. Moreover, the bringing together of different studies can foster greater inter-disciplinary collaboration and inspire new avenues of research. However, cross-study research can also bring with it hurdles of its own, from data access challenges to the limitations arising from the retrospective nature of variable harmonisation. The CLOSER consortium has carried out a number of data harmonisation projects and is now building upon its learning to identify key challenges and solutions, and to improve the viability and ease of cross-study research. This presentation will provide an overview of the experiences of the consortium to date in undertaking and promoting such cross-study work, and discuss the learning established through this endeavour.
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