Frequently Asked Questions
What is health research?
- Health research is the process of finding out new things about improving people’s health.
Why is health research important?
- Health research is important because we all want to live long and healthy lives. People who do health research are identifying better ways to keep us healthy, and they are discovering new ways to treat diseases.
What is the Precision Medicine Initiative®?
- The Precision Medicine Initiative® (PMI) is an exciting new program. Its goal is to help researchers to learn more about what affects people’s health. PMI will give new information and tools to people researching health. Their discoveries may lead to more personalized care and treatments.
What is precision medicine?
- Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It takes into account factors like where you live, what you do, and your family health history. The goal of precision medicine is to be able to tell people the best ways to stay healthy. If someone does get sick, precision medicine may help health care teams find the treatment that will work best.
What is the All of Us Research Program?
- The All of Us Research Program is a large research program. The goal is to help researchers understand more about why people get sick or stay healthy. The All of Us Research Program is part of the Precision Medicine Initiative®.
The NIH hopes that more than one million people will join the All of Us Research Program. People who join will share information about their health, habits, and what it’s like where they live. By looking for patterns in this information, researchers may learn more about what affects people’s health.
The All of Us Research Program will last for 10 years or more. This will allow researchers to study health over time.
If you decide to join the All of Us Research Program, you will be contributing to an effort to improve the health of generations to come. You also may learn about your own health.