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Feasibility Study for Developing a Longitudinal Study of CMV Driver Health


To conduct a feasibility study to determine whether a longitudinal study of CMV drivers (to understand changes in driver health and mortality) is worth pursuing.


A longitudinal study is a correlational research study that involves repeated observations of the same variables over long periods of time—often many decades. In medicine, this type of design is used to uncover predictors of certain diseases. FMCSA will model Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Studies. Harvard’s Nurses’ Health Studies are among the largest and longest running investigations of factors that influence women’s health. Started in 1976 and expanded in 1989, the information provided by the 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 importantly, these studies have shown that diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors can powerfully promote better health.


FMCSA is currently engaged in an inter-agency agreement (IAA) with NIOSH to conduct a feasibility study for the development of a longitudinal study on CMV driver health and wellness. In conjunction with FMCSA, NIOSH will determine appropriate data sources from which a cohort could be assembled. FMCSA, in partnership with NIOSH, will develop a list of health and safety issues/topics to be considered in such a study. NIOSH will make a determination of feasibility and potential longitudinal study design. NIOSH will provide a final report detailing all work and recommendations in determining feasibility.


Final report.


August 2016: Project awarded


FY 2016: $250,000

Current Status:

Active—Project is on schedule.

Project Manager:

For more information, contact Martin Walker of the Research Division at (202) 385-2364 or


Updated: Friday, January 6, 2017
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