About

The Nurses’ Health Studies are among the largest and longest-running investigations of factors that influence health and wellness. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has led to many new insights on health and disease. While the prevention of cancer is still a primary focus, the study has also produced landmark data on cardiovascular disease, diabetes and many other conditions. Most important, these studies have shown that diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can promote better health.

A historic study, a nursing tradition

The Nurses’ Health Studies are the largest, longest running investigations of health and wellness.

Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by its 238,000 dedicated nurse-participants has allowed NHS to produce key advances in literally hundreds of important topics, altering medical practice and changing national dietary guidelines. The study is conducted by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Read more about our ongoing Nurses’ Health Studies:

Nurses’ Health Study 1

Nurses’ Health Study 2

Nurses’ Health Study 3: The new generation

 

Interested in working with our data?

  • Review our guidelines for external collaborators on use of data and biologic samples
  • Contact us to request permission to use Nurses’ Health Study questionnaire forms

For more information about us, please visit the Nurses’ Health Studies website.