WHI researchers are always thinking of new ways to increase knowledge and understanding of factors that influence women’s health. Some of these ideas involve new add-on studies that will increase what we are already learning from the data being collected from WHI participants.
As a WHI participant, you may be asked if you would be interested in joining one or more of these studies. Many of you have already joined some of these studies, which have covered topics including memory and macular degeneration (eye disease). Several other new studies are being developed that you may be invited to join, including one that involves collecting additional blood specimens and physical function data at an in-person visit that may be conducted in your home, and another that looks at use of Vitamin D supplements.
If you are ever invited to join a study related to WHI, we will ask for your consent to join. We certainly welcome your participation, as having many women helps make the results apply to a broader group of women. However, please be assured that you always have the right to say no if you do not wish to join these additional studies. Whether you join or not, it will have no impact on your current participation in the WHI. The contributions you are already making have had a huge impact and will continue to lead to additional answers about women’s health!