CopLab - The Copenhagen Primary Care Laboratory Database

The database

In the Copenhagen area (Copenhagen Municipality and the former Copenhagen County) with its approx. 1.2 million inhabitants, there was only one laboratory serving general practitioners (GPs) and other private practicing specialists from 2000 through 2015, the Copenhagen General Practitioners’ Laboratory, CGPL (Københavns Praktiserende Lægers Laboratorium). The laboratory served doctors with a broad range of blood, urine, semen, clinical physiological, cardiac, and lung function tests. The Copenhagen Primary Care Laboratory (CopLab) Database contains all results (n=176 million) of these tests and analyses from 1.3 million different individuals.

Over-all idea and ambition

The CopLab Database possesses the strength to unravel important physiological and pathophysiological relations for a plethora of medical conditions. The large number of clinical and administrative variables are being validated to create and maintain a state-of-the-art database infrastructure allowing for correct interpretation of the database content. We will establish an environment consisting of experienced researchers, data managers and statisticians with profound insight into the database variables, and all working with the goal of offering expertise and assistance to researchers presenting potential research projects of high quality using data from the CopLab Database.

Strengths of the consortium

This project brings together a unique partnership of institutions with a long-term dedication to translational research. The project is initiated by and rooted in the Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, and involves a multidisciplinary team of leading academic experts within epidemiology, basic science, nutrition, general practice, clinical medicine, clinical pharmacology, health economics, organizational research, and computer science. The commitment of this broad range of experienced partners consolidates the implementation of the database.