Physical Health

Gathering accurate, relevant, and timely data on the health of Americans helps guide actions and policies to improve our nation’s well-being. Westat is in the field, conducting health research through surveys, interviewing, record abstracting, physical exams, and nutrition assessments to determine the status of our health.

Project Highlights

Social marketing to promote the flu vaccine

Each year, an estimated 20% of the U.S. population is infected with influenza (flu) and more than 200,000 are hospitalized from flu-related complications. The Centers for Disease Control and...

Streamlining cancer trials

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) continually looks for ways to streamline and standardize its clinical trials to ensure that results can readily translate into cancer treatments. As part of...

Studying the IDEAL way to age

The Insight into Determinants of Exceptional Aging and Longevity (IDEAL) Study, part of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), is interested in studying exceptional agers, people who stay...

Supporting HIV/AIDS research

About 1/3 of people in the U.S. who are newly infected with HIV are ages 13 to 29, and 62% of them are African American and Hispanic. Between 60%...

Surveying infection control practices at surgery centers

Ambulatory or out-patient surgery centers are increasingly used for surgeries and other invasive procedures that don’t require patients to stay overnight. However, there’s little data on ambulatory surgery centers’...

Tracking and monitoring diabetes prevalence

Since 1980, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled, from 5.6 million to 20.9 million. States bear substantial responsibility for addressing the rising rates of...

Tracking cancer burden in Maryland

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is required by law to maintain a registry of all cancers diagnosed in Maryland. Hospitals, radiation therapy centers, ambulatory care facilities,...

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