NIH Wants to Know

Important questions for Americans: What health care issues are important to you? Where do you get most of your health care information? If a loved one were sick with cancer or Alzheimer’s disease, where would you go for information?

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) wants to know.

A new NIH program seeks to obtain information from a wide cross-section of America that the agency hopes will help it better develop and distribute medical and scientific information to the public.

NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.

NIH hopes health care consumers will fill out the online questionnaire (“request for information”); e-mail them at; or phone, 301-496-4000.

The NIH Web site lists many toll-free numbers for information about specific health issues, but neither the online or phone contacts can provide personalized medical advice to individuals about their condition or treatment.