General Practice recruitment

Recruitment from the general population was carried out by EPIC nurses working in GP surgeries in Greater Manchester, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Men and women aged 35 and over on the collaborating GP’s list were invited to participate. Questionnaires were mailed to invited participants and appointments were made to attend the GP’s surgery for an interview with the nurse. Each participant consented to provide a blood sample and for further information to be provided from his or her medical records. The nurse then took anthropometric and blood pressure measurements and a 30ml blood sample, and also checked the completed questionnaire. In addition, a pilot recruitment phase was conducted by collaborating GPs in Scotland, who recruited 900 women aged 40 to 59 from those attending the surgery. Each woman completed the detailed health and lifestyle questionnaire whilst at the surgery, and consented to provide a blood sample and for further information to be provided from her medical records. The GP took anthropometric and blood pressure measurements and a 30ml blood sample.

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