Health Surveys

In 2022, Niagara Region Public Health is taking part in one ongoing health survey: The Rapid Risk Factor Surveillance System

  • Audience: Niagara residents, 18 years and older
  • Data collection method: Telephone
  • Data privacy: Anonymous
  • Status: Ongoing

This survey is only available by phone and takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

The survey provides timely and useful information to help plan Niagara Region's programs and services. The survey collects information about the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours of Niagara residents.

Participants who agree to take part will be asked questions about health-related topics, such as cannabis use, oral health and nutrition. There are also demographic questions such as age and education.

Data collection

Data is collected by health units across Ontario by trained telephone interviewers working at the Institute for Social Research at York University (Toronto). Cell phone and landline telephone numbers are selected randomly using a computer program. Participants may receive a letter in the mail before the call to tell them that their phone number has been selected.

Interview times

Interviewers will call daily from 2 - 9 p.m.

If an interviewer calls at an inconvenient time, an appointment can be made for a day or time that is more convenient to the participant.

Voluntary and anonymous

Participation is voluntary and respondents can refuse to take part at any point in the survey. Collected information is confidential and cannot be linked back to survey participants. When Niagara Region receives the data for analysis, it's anonymous.

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