Ethical aspects

General conduct rules expressed in the Helsinki Declaration by World Medical Association (Helsinki, 1964) as well as national ethical norms and related laws will be respected, namely guaranteeing the confidentiality of personal data.

Requests to the National Data Protection Committee, the Lisbon Faculty of Medicine Ethics committee and to the Regional Health Administrations ethics committees will anticipate the data collection.

Study participation is voluntary and will only include the elderly that have had acknowledged and agreed (through signature) with the informed consent document. The elderly’s participation does not entail risks or costs. On the other hand, no payment or gratification will be offered for the participation in the study. All participants may terminate their collaboration with the study at any time, and they will be informed that such decision does not have any consequence or cost.

All documents with data that may identify the participants will be dealt separately. Such information will be introduced in a protected database, to which only the project coordination will have access. Databases will be maintained in encrypted files, known and accessible only by the research team. Identification and clinical data will be registered in separated databases relatable through random coding. Data will be conserved for five years after the last publication at the head office of the Instituto de Medicina Preventiva from the Faculdade de Medicina of the Universidade de Lisboa, and destroyed after that. Researchers have total responsibility for the confidentiality of the collected data.

The resulting data is property of the Faculdade de Medicina of the Universidade de Lisboa, and this entity has the right to disclose the results (always with integrated data analysis).