Health and Wellbeing - study

The study Health and Wellbeing has become established as an important source of information on the health status of adults. The main objective of the study is to assess the health, wellbeing, welfare and lifestyle of adults on a regular basis with a questionnaire. The study was first conducted in 2007 and then repeated in 2009, 2012 and 2017. In October 2022, it is planned to present the questionnaire to residents of Iceland for the fifth time. In addition to providing important information on the health and wellbeing of adults every five years, the results of the study make it possible to monitor changes that may occur over time.

The results of the study have already benefitted the Directorate of Health, the government, the university community and others involved in important decisions concerning the health and wellbeing of residents of Iceland and will continue to do so.

 

Health and Wellbeing 2022 – FAQs

What is Health and Wellbeing?

Health and Wellbeing is a study which is carried out by the Directorate of Health every five years. The Director of Health is the Principal Investigator of the study. The study was first conducted in 2007 and then repeated in 2009, 2012 and 2017. The study is being conducted for the fifth time in autumn 2022.

The main objective of the study Health and Wellbeing is to assess the health, wellbeing and welfare of adults. In addition to providing important information on the health and wellbeing of adults every five years, the results of the study make it possible to monitor changes that may occur over time.

 

What will be done with the results?

The results of the study will benefit the Directorate of Health, the government, the university community and others involved in important decisions concerning the health and wellbeing of residents of Iceland.

The Directorate of Health publishes the main results of the study on www.landlaeknir.is, but the results are also used in strategic measures concerning the health and wellbeing of the citizens. Data from the study is also used as material in students’ final projects at the country’s universities, and most of them are published in Skemman and even as scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.

 

How are participants chosen?

Participants in the study are found in two ways.

  • Individuals who agreed to continue participating in the Health and Wellbeing study in 2017 (approximately 6,000 people).
  • A new stratified random sample of individuals from the National Registry, aged 18 and older, who live in Iceland. The new sample consists of both Icelandic and foreign citizens (approximately 14,000 people).

 

What is involved in participation?

Those who are selected to participate in the study will receive an information letter in the mail and then a text message (SMS) with an invitation to participate. The text message contains a link to an electronic questionnaire.

You can answer the questionnaire on your smartphone by clicking on the link in the text message (SMS). You can also answer on a computer. The link to the questionnaire is available under Messages after logging in to Heilsuvera.

It takes about 40–60 minutes to answer the questionnaire.

It is not necessary to answer the questionnaire all in one go. If you want to take a break, the questionnaire will open again where you left off. You are also welcome to skip answering individual questions.

You can receive help answering, but the answers must apply to the person to whom the questionnaire is sent.

 

What if I want to stop participating?

Your participation in the study is completely optional. You can also opt out at any time without providing an explanation, and you can request that all information about you be deleted from the study. This can be done by sending an e-mail to rannsoknir@landlaeknir.is or by calling 510-1900.

 

What are the benefits and risks for participants?

  • Benefits: By answering the questionnaire, you have a chance of winning ISK 100,000. Four prizes of ISK 25,000 will also be drawn. In other respects, there is no direct benefit for participants.
  • Risks: The questions are general and not likely to bring up difficult feelings. The risk of participating in the study is therefore considered insignificant.

 

Can my answers be linked to me and my personal information?

Answers from the questionnaire will be stored encrypted and without personal identification information on the access-controlled network of the Directorate of Health.

Before you answer the questionnaire, your consent is requested so that your answers can be linked to the data of other studies and to data in other registers, such as health registers and the National Register. This link is made only for scientific purposes and the strictest instructions for personal data protection are followed. After linking, the data is encrypted so that it is not personally identifiable.

The National Bioethics Committee has granted permission for this study, and it has been notified to the Data Protection Authority.

 

How is the data stored?

The data of the participants, who give permission for this, will be stored in Health databank at Landspítali University Hospital, which is planned to be established. The encryption key will be deleted no later than five years after the end of the study if participants do not agree to future retention of their answers.

 

Where can I access information about research projects based on data from Health and Wellbeing?

On the website of the Directorate of Health, you can find information about the research projects that have used data from Health and Wellbeing. The information includes all iterations of the study.


Fyrst birt 21.09.2022

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