The Airwave Health Monitoring Study

HDR Gateway
Jump to study timeline

The Airwave Health Monitoring Study is an occupational cohort study which was established to evaluate the possible health risks associated with use of Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA), a digital communication system used by the police force. Due to the collection of extensive phenotypic data, biological samples, and the availability of linked health data, the study has been broadened to investigate more generally the health and social outcomes of working in the police force in Great Britain.

Imperial College London

Geographic coverage - Nations
England, Scotland, Wales

Geographic coverage - Regions

Start date

Catalogue record last updated


Sample type
Occupational cohort

Sample details
Employees of all 54 police forces as well as police-related agencies within Great Britain were invited to participate. Since the commencement of the study, a total of 28 forces have agreed to participate. Participants completed enrolment questionnaires during the first phase of the study. The second phase of the study consisted of a health screening performed locally by trained nurses. Overall, 16% of participants completed only phase one, 58% completed only phase two, and 26% completed both phases. Additionally, 62.9% of the participants are men, and the average age at enrolment was 40.9 years for men and 38.5 years for women.

Sample size at recruitment

Sample size at most recent sweep
17,577 (2015 - Follow-up Clinic Questionnaire)


Age at recruitment

Cohort year of birth


Data access
Data request - see data access guidance

Genetic data collected

Linkage to administrative data
Health data

HDR UK Innovation Gateway
HDR Gateway

Additional information


Related themes
Biomarkers, Cognitive measures, Diet and nutrition, Socioeconomic status and deprivation, Language and literacy, Physical health assessment, Digital technology and social media, Victimisation and life events, Reproductive health, Work and employment, Sleep problems

Key Papers

The Airwave Health Monitoring Study of police officers and staff in Great Britain: rationale, design and methods.

Home Office
Imperial College Biomedical Research Centre
Medical Research Council
Mental health measures timeline

Sweep name:

Cohort member age:

Data collection period:


Physical health measures:

NO! That's fine
This website is using anonymised Google analytics to help us work out how to make it better! More details