What Makes the All of Us Research Program Different
- Breadth. With a goal of enrolling one million or more participants in the United States, All of Us is building one of the largest health databases of its kind. As the amount of data grows, patterns will emerge that wouldn’t be visible at a smaller scale.
- Diversity. The program is enrolling a large group of people that reflects the diversity of the United States. This includes people who haven’t taken part in or have been left out of health research before. All of Us welcomes participants of all backgrounds and walks of life, from all regions of the country, whether they are healthy or sick.
- Depth. All of Us collects many types of data, including data from surveys, electronic health records, and blood and urine tests. Over time, participants may share data in new ways, using wearable fitness trackers and other technologies. This will help researchers get a more complete picture of factors that affect health and disease.
- Duration. The initial plan for the program spans 10 years, but it may last even longer. Working with participants over the long term means the program can gather more information that will help researchers find out how health and disease change over time.
- Innovation. All of Us is working to take research to a new level. The program is working with participants across the country, collecting many types of information over time, and building a database that many researchers can use. This new model could shape how people do research in the future. All of Us will share lessons about what works well with other research programs around the world.
- Access. All of Us aims to make it easy for a variety of researchers—from university professors to citizen scientists—to make discoveries using the program’s data. Multiple systems and processes keep data secure and participants’ personal information private.
- Engagement. Participants are partners in All of Us. Participant input is welcome on every aspect of the program to make it better. Participants will have full access to data they share and information about all research projects that use All of Us data.
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Last Reviewed: July 16, 2021