Participating in HRS

What does it mean if we ask you to participate?

Questionnaire image If you are asked and agree to participate, you will be part of a large scientific sample that represents thousands of other people across the country. Getting older for most of us is a process of slow changes. We want to keep up with you and the changes in your life, so we will stay in touch with you as life goes on. Participating in the study is a valuable way that you contribute to understanding the issues we are all facing.

You may be asked to complete an interview by phone or in person or to complete a mail or on-line survey. You also may be asked to perform some physical tasks or provide a sample of blood or saliva. A typical interview should take one to two hours. For your help in this study, you will receive a monetary token of appreciation.

If you agree to participate, your identity as a participant and any personally identifying information you provide will be kept confidential. We follow strict practices to maintain the security of all data that could identify participants.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary. For most people, the survey is interesting and enjoyable.

What if you have questions about the rights of research participants in general?

If you have questions about research participant rights, or wish to obtain information, ask questions or discuss concerns about this study with someone other than the researchers, please contact:

University of Michigan
Health Sciences and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board
2800 Plymouth Road
Building 520, Room 1169
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Phone: (734) 936-0933 or toll free, (866) 936-0933