Adult Health Survey/Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS)
The 2018 Minnesota Health Study
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of this survey?
A: The survey results will be used by health-related organizations in Minnesota to develop effective public health strategies and policies. The survey will supply information to health care providers and others interested in helping Minnesotans live healthier lives.
Q: How long will the survey take?
A: For most people, the survey takes about 15-20 minutes. It may be a few minutes longer depending on the answers to certain questions.
Q: Who is the sponsor of the survey?
A: The Minnesota Department of Health and ClearWay Minnesota are the survey sponsors.
Q: What kinds of questions are asked?
A: This survey asks questions about health behaviors, tobacco use, and exposure to secondhand smoke. We also ask a few general background questions, such as the last grade you completed in school.
Q: Who will see my answers?
A: Survey data will not be shared with anyone outside of the study. The answers you give to this survey will be held confidential. Your answers will be grouped with those of other people who participate in the survey before they are analyzed, so no report of the results will identify you individually. When Westat sends the data back to the survey sponsors, names and identifying information will not be included.
Q: Will I be able to get the results?
A: Reports about the current survey will be available on the web in the beginning of 2019. Please check back for more information at that time.
Q: How did you get my phone number?
A: A computer randomly chooses phone numbers from all the possible telephone numbers in Minnesota , both landlines and cell phone numbers. This is a scientific process to choose a random sample of Minnesota residents. This method will select households with both listed and unlisted numbers.
Your telephone number is confidential and will not be given out to anyone. If your number is unlisted, it will remain unlisted.
Q: Why don't you just call someone else?
A: A computer identified your phone number at random and all the people we call make up a scientific sample of Minnesota residents. Replacing you with anyone else will affect the accuracy of the results. Although the survey is strictly voluntary, we hope that, if you are selected, you will take the opportunity to participate. By choosing to participate, you help to insure that the survey is truly representative of adults in Minnesota.
Q: Who is Westat?
A: Westat is an independent research company hired by the survey sponsors to conduct the interviews with those selected for participation.