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The impact of cohort research

Over the decades cohort evidence has led to government action in areas central to our health, welfare and opportunities. Below are just a few examples:

  • Telling parents how they can avoid cot deaths.
  • Encouraging mothers not to smoke during pregnancy.
  • Trying to break the cycle of teenage pregnancy.
  • Measures aimed at preventing children from disadvantaged backgrounds falling behind at school.

Key findings from the cohort studies have been collated into themed areas, which provide insights into the causes of illness, how to widen opportunities and how decision makers have put new policies into place by drawing on cohort study evidence.

Please use the links on the left to discover more about key birth cohort findings and their impacts.