Since 2015, Maria Ruiz-Castell, PhD is the project leader of the European Health Examination Survey in Luxembourg (EHES-LUX), a cross-sectional population-based survey conducted by LIH in 2013-2015 aiming at examining the general health status of the Luxemburgish population. A total of 1529 residents of Luxembourg aged between 25 to 64 participated in the EHES-LUX.
EHES-LUX followed the European recommendations and standards as set by the EHES-Reference Committee (EHES-RC).
The main objectives of EHES-LUX were to:
• assess the health status of the Luxemburgish population,
• produce national and European health indicators,
• identify population’s needs,
• evaluate health behaviours,
• evaluate the impact of implemented health programmes.
Trained nurses conducted individual interviews in English, German, French or Portuguese, after obtaining signed informed consent from participants.
Additionally, examinations were collected from each participant. EHES-LUX included several health modules (women’s health, sleep habits, nutritional habits, health care, working and living conditions) and a medical examination which included blood pressure measurements, anthropometry (height, weight, waist circumference, hip circumference, and thigh size), an electro-cardiogram, visual acuity examination, and a spirometry.
EHES-LUX also included the collection of biological samples such as blood and urine to analyse fasting glucose, plasma-triglycerides, plasma-cholesterol (total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol), low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol), triglycerides and thyroid hormones, creatinine, albumin and iodine). Hair samples were also collected from participants in order to measure concentrations of pollutants.