The first UK COSMOS paper was recently published in July 2015 as is now available to read online. Based on our own experiences with the UK COSMOS cohort, this paper sets out the dos and don’ts for today's cohort studies and provides a guide on how best to take advantage of new technologies and innovative methods to simplify logistics and minimise costs.
If you’re interested in how the study was created, this paper is a must-read. Following the set-up of the study from the very beginning, it explores some of the challenges we faced establishing a cohort from scratch, and how we balanced the need to sign up the maximum number of people with keeping the recruitment process as quick and easy as possible – all working to strict time and budget constraints.
The paper is freely available here: 'How to Establish and Follow up a Large Prospective Cohort study in the 21st Century - Lessons from UK’