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consentfitbit/garmin consent
phoneDo you currently have an Android phone or Apple iPhone or any other kind of smart phone? By smart phone we mean a phone that you can use for accessing the internet, sending email, etc. if you want to. Please select all that apply.currently have phone
q001Which of the following health or fitness tracking devices do you own or use? (please check all that apply, and tell us about any we may have missed)use any health or fitness tracking devices
q002What type of smartwatch do you own? (please check all that apply) type of smart watch
q003What type of Fitbit do you own? type of fitbit
q004Can your Garmin smartwatch monitor heart rate? Garmin smartwatch monitor heart rate
q005Can your Garmin smartwatch monitor sleep?Garmin smartwatch monitor sleep
q007We are launching an important new UAS project to help us learn more about how activity, sleep, and stress levels might be changing during the coronavirus outbreak.

If you agreed to join the project, you would allow the Understanding America Study to access the activity information collected by your ^FLQ007 watch. Together with data from everyone else who would join the project, this will allow us to look at trends in activity patterns in the U.S.

If you decide to volunteer for this project and allow the UAS to access your activity data, you should know that:

We WILL access the following information collected by your smartwatch, in the past year, and going forward:
  • Your activity (e.g. # steps)
  • Sleep patterns, if your watch collects that information
  • Heart rate, if your watch collects that information
  • Weight, if you are tracking it through your account
We will NOT have access to any of this information:
  • We will not have access to your username and password
  • We will not know where you are or where you go
  • We will not have access to any other information you may collect or monitor
We will protect your privacy by assigning you a study code and never storing your name or other direct identifiers with your activity data.

If you decide to join, we will send an invitation for you to authorize UAS to follow your ^FLQ007 account. You will earn $15 for providing that authorization, and $5 a month for wearing your smartwatch every day. Since it is completely voluntary, you can withdraw participation at any time.

Would you like to participate in this project?
interested in study
q007_whynotThank you for your response. We respect your decision! It would be helpful for us to know why you are not likely to participate. Could you write a sentence or two to help us understand? Meanwhile, we appreciate you doing our UAS surveys! why not participate
q007aWhat type of Apple Watch do you own? apple type
q008Q: What if I don’t want to share my account login and password?
A: You don’t have to! When you authorize us to follow your account, you log in to your ^FLQ007 account yourself, and then authorize us to follow your data. We never see, access, or store your account login or password.

Q: What exactly will you do with information like how many steps I take, or my heart rate?
A: Our research teams will use that data to get an idea of how activity levels change over time in the U.S. What we need for our research is to measure a lot of people all at once and try to learn about what might be influencing the changes that we see.

Q: Will you share the information you collect with anyone else?
A: We will share your activity data with our researchers who are studying health in America. We will never share anything that will identify you directly.

Q: If I say yes, am I committed? What if I want to stop sharing my data?
A: You can always say No! All of the projects and surveys you do with us are voluntary. If you say yes now, you can change your mind later and we will remove you from the project. We are grateful when you say yes, but you can always say no, and just keep doing surveys.

Having heard more about it, would you like to participate in this project?
not sure consent
q009You indicated that you have at least one health or fitness devices other than a smart watch.

The UAS may be launching a project that will help us learn about how devices like these could help us understand more about the health and activities of people in the U.S.

People who agree to participate would be provided with a thank you payment for signing up (e.g. $15) and letting us access data from the device. It would also probably include a small payment (e.g. $5) for each month.

Given what you know now, how likely would you be to participate?
hypothetical non-watch data collection
q009_whynotThank you for your response. We respect your decision! It would be helpful for us to know why you said you are not likely to participate. Could you write a sentence or two to help us understand? Meanwhile, we appreciate you doing our UAS surveys! hypothetical non-watch data collection why not participate
q010We may be launching a new UAS project to help us learn more about how activity, sleep, and stress levels might be changing during the coronavirus outbreak.

People who join the project would be given a new Fitbit watch to keep, in exchange for wearing it for a period of time (e.g. 1 month, or 6 months) and allowing the UAS to access the data. We would also pay you a small amount (e.g. $5 per week) to wear the watch and keep it charged. If you have a different fitness tracker, this project will not interfere with the data you personally collect - you could continue to wear your own watch or other fitness device as well.

We would combine your data with others from the project and together the information would allow us to look at trends in activity patterns in the U.S.

The data we might access from the Fitbit watch:
  • Your activity (for example, number of steps)
  • Sleep patterns
  • Heart rate
  • Weight
We will NOT have access to any of this information:
  • We will not have access to your username and password
  • We will not know where you are or where you go
  • We will not have access to any other information you may collect or monitor
Given what you know now, how likely would you be to participate?
hypothetical fitbit provision
q010_whynotThank you for your response. We respect your decision! It would be helpful for us to know why you are not likely to participate. Could you write a sentence or two to help us understand? Meanwhile, we appreciate you doing our UAS surveys! hypothetical Fitbit provision why not participate