Results of the Hanford Community Health Project Survey
In June and July 2001, we completed a telephone survey with 500 people who had been born close to Hanford between 1940 and 1951. The telephone interviewer asked the survey participants questions about their:
Opinions on the possible health risks related to having been born close to Hanford
Use of health care services and their interest in thyroid medical evaluations
Need for more health information on Hanford’s past releases of radioactive iodine
The response to the survey was excellent, and everyone that we called to interview was very cooperative and helpful. Since the survey was completed, we have been busy looking at the answers people gave us and have been using that information to help us plan the next stage of the project. Below we have information on what we learned from the survey and how we are using that information.
What were the main results from the survey?
The numbers below show what percentage of the 500 people who were in the survey gave these answers.
HCHP Survey Results
91% were aware of past releases of radioactive iodine from Hanford
24% were aware of the past releases of radioactive iodine and thought that they had been exposed
54% felt poorly informed about health problems related to the thyroid gland
46% felt that their health care professional knew little about the health issues related to Hanford
93% seek advice about their health from their health care professional
59% usually get a medical check up at least once a year
81% would like to receive more information about radioactive iodine and thyroid disease
How is the HCHP using the survey results?
Looking at the answers from all the people who participated in the survey has been very
helpful to us. We have been using those answers to make important decisions regarding what
information on the past releases of radioactive iodine from Hanford and its possible health
risks would be most useful to you, and how best to present that information to you and others
who are interested.
We can assist Hanford 'downwinders' in making informed health care choices.
This page last updated on January 19, 2005 Questions? - Contact CDC: 800-232-4636 / TTY: 888-232-6348