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SHOW is Starting Its First Year of Follow Up Visits in 2017. Why?

Health and community health is changing all the time and because of many different causes. Our own genetics and experiences make up our health and so do many outside factors like technology, finances, and environment changes. Studies that follow people over time, like SHOW, are one of the best tools to understand how changes impact our health and the health of our communities.


What's New with SHOW in 2017?


We’ve grown so much since we started in 2008. We’re now looking at:

  • Children: All ages are now participating in SHOW. If you are contacted for a follow up visit, any children in your house-hold will also be invited to participate.
  • Activity & Sleep Monitoring: Participants are now wearing activity monitors for 8 days. Measurements of sleep and activity are extremely valuable for understanding health.

6,000 Wisconsin residents have participated in SHOW since 2008. SHOW has grown to be one of the most unique studies of population health in the United States.


Who is Invited and What Are Other Benefits?


SHOW will be randomly selecting participants for follow-up. 6000 people have joined SHOW. We’ll be in touch with about 1500 former participants.


Details About Participation


Your participation is voluntary. Your health care providers will continue to provide you with health care services even if you refuse to participate. Additionally, you may completely withdraw from the study at any time.


The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin looks at special health topics and uses the most up-to-date methods and equipment for medical exams and other lab tests. Data collected are entirely confidential. The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin will use the information gathered in this survey to identify what health problems people in Wisconsin have - for example, diabetes and high blood pressure. We will look at health habits, like diet, smoking, and exercise, and take measurements of your environment.


What is Included in the Study?


The following list is for adult participants. Children are given a lighter survey, depending on age.


Part 1 - In-Home Interview: This section includes health questionnaires which you complete with an interviewer (staff will use a computer). Staff will also take some physical measurements, including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Height and weight
  • Circumference of your waist and hips
  • Heart rate
  • Breathing function

This part of the survey takes about 2½ hours.


Part 2 - Self-Administered Questionnaire and Diet Recall


Part 3 - Accelerometry: Adults wear small devices on their waist and wrist, about the size of a pedometer. This device will measure your cycles of rest and activity. Children who participate in accelerometry will only wear a wrist device. You will wear the devices for only eight days.


Part 4 - Sample Collection:  Adult participants will visit a nearby site to donate samples of blood, urine and other biological samples to be collected by a SHOW phlebotomist.


What are the Benefits of Participating?

  • The chance to contribute to the health of your community
  • Payment for your time if you complete the entire study
  • Free health test results
  • Payment for your travel costs and childcare

By giving your time, you will help us learn more about the health of Wisconsin. You will also help us understand why some people in the state of Wisconsin are healthy while others are sick. With this information, we can build programs to improve the health of Wisconsin families and communities in the future.

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Last updated: 02/08/2017
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