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The paper from Taanila and colleagues1 examined the association of cohort study participation with self-reported health and well-being. It hypothesised that participation in cohort studies had a positive impact on self-reported health and well-being. The authors indeed found that those who participated more actively, especially among women, tended to have better self-reported health and well-being. However, as an analysis of association, the causal directionality cannot be established. We could also interpret the observed associations from an opposite perspective, asking the question if health and well-being have any impact on cohort study participation. This would touch on the topic of …
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