New Health Wise Wales Research Project Launched
Described by the Welsh government as the ‘largest research project of its kind’, Health Wise Wales is aiming to recruit 260,000 people aged over 16 in the next five years. It will be the first scheme in Europe to build a picture of the nation’s health by using detailed health and wellbeing information from people of all ages and backgrounds.
The Welsh Government says both personal and medical information of those taking part will only be used for research purposes and will not be shared with any other parties. Researchers from Cardiff University are leading the study working in partnership with Swansea University.
Professor Shantini Paranjothy, from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, said: “Health Wise Wales is a unique opportunity that builds on a strong tradition of population health research in Wales. This large-scale project will use modern technology to engage people in research and provide opportunities to contribute to the design and conduct of research studies.”
A pilot scheme was launched in May 2015 when 570 people signed up, feedback from the initial study led to the development of the latest campaign to recruit 260,000 people. Health Wise Wales will be holding a number of roadshow events across the country in an attempt to encourage people to sign up. There will also be TV adverts and a social media campaign.
You can find out more at the Health Wise Wales website HERE.