Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many men will you be enrolling for the Men's Lifestyle Validation Study?

A. For this study, we will be enrolling up to 500 men from Health Professional Follow-Up Study, and the other 500 from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

Q. Are there any benefits from being in this research study?

A. There are no benefits to you from your taking part in this research. Information gathered in this study will help researchers improve diet and physical activity measurement, which will ultimately improve research on those lifestyle factors as they relate to health.

Q. Can I still get medical care at my usual clinic or hospital if I choose not to participate in this research study?

A. Your decision will not change any care you receive now or in the future. Taking part in this research is your choice. If you decide to take part in this study, you may leave/stop the study at any time.

Q. What will I have to pay for if I participate in this research study?

A. You will not be expected to pay for any activity we ask you to perform as part of this research study.

Q. The researchers in this study have looked at a medical problem that I'm concerned about. Can I get advice from them?

A. Accurate medical diagnoses are unique to individuals. It is impossible for us to give individualized responses to an individual's health questions. Your personal physician is best able to provide useful advice.

Q. I'm a scientific researcher and would like to use the data for my own research. Is this possible?

A. Collaborations with external investigations are possible, subject to approval by the MLVS study group. However, you are responsible for your own funding and must collaborate with one of the MLVS researchers.

Q. What kinds of questions are on the study questionnaires?

A. The questionnaires include items about medical conditions, medications, tobacco use, exercise, and detailed information about amounts and types of foods and beverages consumed.

Q. Does the Men's Lifestyle Validation Study share any information about the participants?

A. No. All information gathered is anonymous, and identities of participants are never shared with anyone. In the offices housing the data, all identifying information, such as participants' names and addresses, is separated from the health information and kept under lock and key.

Q. What percent of the study population is from minority populations? How does this affect the results?

A. 25% percent of the cohort is African-American and one and a half percent is Asian-American. In research in which ethnic background is a focus, the researchers over-sample from these groups in order to draw valid results.

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