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KiGGS Overview

The Robert Koch Institute conducts the “German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents” (KiGGS) over many years. As part of the study, the data is collected in so-called waves (see table).

Current situation

The first data collection wave – the KiGGS baseline study – took place between 2003 and 2006 in the form of an interview and examination survey.

The participants of the KiGGS baseline study (KiGGS cohort) forms the basis for the longitudinal inclusion in additional data collection waves.

The first follow-up study called KiGGS Wave 1 began in 2009 and ended in 2012. In this wave, the data were predominantly obtained by means of telephone interviews.

KiGGS Wave 2 started in September 2014 and ended in August 2017. In addition to the interviews, the study program also included physical examinations (including laboratory analysis of blood and urine samples) as well as tests.

Study/WaveDurationMethodologyStatus
KiGGS
Wave 2
2014–2017Interviews and ExaminationsData collection completed
KiGGS
Wave 1
2009–2012Telephon
interviews
Data collection completed, results available
KiGGS baseline study2003–2006Interviews and ExaminationsCompleted, results available