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FAQs on Youth Health Survey - For survey and screening

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A. GENERAL INFORMATION
B. ENROLMENT AND PARTICIPATION
C. HEALTH SURVEY
D. HEALTH SCREENING
E. GRAB VOUCHER REDEMPTION
F. DATA CONFIDENTIALITY
G. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR QUERIES


A. GENERAL INFORMATION 

A1. What is the Youth Health Survey about?

The Youth Health Survey (YHS), conducted by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), seeks to understand health behaviours and risk factors among youth in Singapore.

The study will consist of three components:

     1. Health Survey
     2. Health Screening
     3. hiSG Lite (For FAQs on YHS-hiSG Lite, please refer here

A2. Who is eligible to participate in the Youth Health Survey?

Students who are Singapore residents (Singapore citizens or permanent residents) currently enrolled in selected Ministry of Education mainstream schools (i.e., Secondary Schools and Junior Colleges), Institutes of Technical Education (ITE) and Polytechnics are eligible to participate in the study.

Schools will be randomly selected by HPB for participation in the pilot study.

Students will be able to participate in the YHS Health Survey and/or Health Screening if they are

     1. currently enrolled in the selected schools as full-time students,
     2. aged between 13 and 25 years old
     3. Singapore citizens or permanent residents

As part of YHS, students who have agreed to be contacted for other research studies and data linkage* to these studies will be invited to join hiSG Lite if they participate in the Health Survey and/or Health Screening, and meet hiSG Lite's eligibility criteria. For more information on hiSG Lite, please click here.
*Students will need to indicate their consent in the YHS Informed Consent Form to (1) be contacted for other research studies and (2) link their data to other databases and research studies

A3. What kind of information will the Youth Health Survey be collecting?

YHS will be collecting your child’s health information and will include topics such as physical activity, nutrition, mental health, smoking and alcohol use. As part of the health screening, the study will also be collecting information on your child’s blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, urine cotinine, protein and sodium level.

A4. How will the information be collected?

The survey will be done by students at school. The health screening will be conducted by HPB’s appointed vendors, and will take place in school so that your child does not have to travel to external locations.

A5. How long will the survey and health screening take to complete?

The health survey will take about 30 minutes to complete, while the health screening should take about 20 minutes to complete.

A6. What will my child be doing as part of YHS?

Health Survey

Students participating in the study will complete the survey at school. The survey will cover topics pertaining to health behaviours (such as physical activity, nutrition, mental health, smoking and alcohol use) and will take about 30 minutes to complete.

Health Screening

Students will need to fast for at least 8 hours prior to the health screening and will be allowed to drink water. SMS reminders will be sent to you 3 days and 1 day before the scheduled screening day to ensure that your child is prepared for the health screening session.

On the day of the health screening, a trained staff will conduct the following in school:

  1. Measurement of height and weight;
  2. Measurement of blood pressure;
  3. Collection of a sample of about 15ml of blood to test for diabetes and high blood cholesterol;
  4. Collection of a sample of urine for cotinine, protein and sodium level measurement.

The health screening will take about 20 minutes and upon completion, your child will be provided refreshments.

A health report containing information derived from the health screening will be sent to you subsequently.

hiSG Lite

Students participating in hiSG Lite will be armed with a study device – a Tracker which collects user data such as physical activity and sleep patterns. They will be encouraged to wear the device as often as possible, answer questionnaires and log their meals on the hiSG Lite mobile app.

Participation in the study will last for 24 months (6-month committed period + 18 months optional period).

In order to ensure sufficient data is collected, all participants will need to meet the following minimum requirements of use during the 6-month committed study period:

  • Wear the study device for at least 8 hours a day on at least 7 weekdays and 3 weekends each month.
  • Wear the study device to sleep on at least 2 weekdays and 2 weekends each month.
  • Record your meals consumed on at least 2 weekdays and 1 weekend each month.

During the 18-month optional period, there are no study requirements. However, meeting the minimum study requirements stated above, will enable students to receive additional rewards.

For more information on hiSG Lite, please click here.

B. ENROLMENT AND PARTICIPATION

B1. Why should my child participate, and are there any incentives from participating in the Youth Health Survey?

Your child’s participation in the YHS will help to improve the health of Singapore’s youth by enabling us to better plan and evaluate national health policies, programmes and services. Getting screened at a younger age will also ensure that risk factors, if any, are detected early, allowing for earlier intervention.

Upon completion of the survey, your child will receive a $10 token of appreciation in the form of Grab vouchers from HPB. Further to this, the full cost of the health screening valued at approximately $80, will be fully borne by HPB.

You will receive a free health screening report with a copy of your child's health screening results within six weeks of completion. The results include:

     1. Height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)
     2. Blood pressure
     3. Blood sugar and cholesterol level
     4. Urine protein and sodium level 

Students with abnormal screening results will receive 3 lifestyle coaching sessions with practical tips and resources (30 mins per session via phone or face-to-face) to help your child achieve a better health status.

B2. How can my child enrol in the Youth Health Survey?

To participate in the YHS (Survey and Screening), please click on the appropriate links below. 

Consent for hiSG Lite will be sought separately.

For students below 21 years old

Please submit both (1) Parental Consent and (2) Student’s Assent to participate.

(1) Parental Consent (Singpass login is required 2)

Click here to read through the information sheet before providing consent for your child’s participation.

PARENTAL CONSENT

(2) Student’s Assent

Click here to read through the information sheet before providing your assent (agreement) to participate.

STUDENT’S ASSENT
2 For parents without Singpass, please submit a hardcopy consent to the school.

For students 21 years old and above

Student’s Consent

Click here to read through the information sheet before providing your consent to participate.

STUDENT’S CONSENT

B3. Is participation in the YHS voluntary and can my child withdraw his/her participation in the Youth Health Survey before its completion?

Yes, participation in YHS is voluntary and he/she may withdraw from YHS at any point in time.

Please note that this study is conducted solely for the purposes of gathering more information for health policy and programme and service planning, and is not part of your child’s school assessment. Hence his/her participation will have no bearing on his/her standing in school.

C. HEALTH SURVEY

C1. Tell me more about the health survey.

The survey will cover topics pertaining to health behaviours (such as physical activity, nutrition, mental health, smoking and alcohol use) and will take about 30 minutes to complete. The survey will be administered via an online portal, and will be done at school.

A token of appreciation will be given to your child upon completion of the survey to thank him/her for the time taken to complete the survey. The token of appreciation will be in the form of Grab vouchers valued at $10 and will be issued upon survey completion.

D. HEALTH SCREENING

D1. Tell me more about the health screening.

Students will need to fast for at least 8 hours prior to the health screening and will be allowed to drink water. SMS reminders will be sent to you 3 days and 1 day before the scheduled screening day to ensure that your child is prepared for the health screening session.

On the day of the health screening for your child, a trained staff will conduct the following in school:

  1. Measurement of height and weight;
  2. Measurement of blood pressure;
  3. Collection of a sample of about 15ml of blood to test for diabetes and high blood cholesterol;
  4. Collection of a sample of urine for cotinine, protein and sodium level measurement.
A health report containing information derived from the health screening will be sent to you subsequently. 

You will receive a free health screening report with a copy of your child's health screening results within six weeks of completion. The results include:

     1. Height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)
     2. Blood pressure
     3. Blood sugar and cholesterol level
     4. Urine protein and sodium level

Students with abnormal screening results will receive 3 lifestyle coaching sessions with practical tips and resources (30 mins per session via phone or face-to-face) to help your child achieve a better health status.

The cost of the conduct of the screening (approximately $80 per student) will be fully borne by HPB.

D2. What does my child have to do to prepare for the health screening?

Please ensure that your child does not eat or drink anything except plain water at least 8 hours before their appointment. 

Please ensure that your child wears clothing with short sleeves so that the tests can be carried out easily.

If your child is taking medicine for any chronic condition besides diabetes, please allow him/her to continue to take the medicine as directed by his/her doctor.

If your child is diabetic, and on medication or insulin injections: 

  • Your child should not take their morning diabetes medication/injection;
  • Your child should bring the diabetes medication with him/her. Once the blood test is over, take the diabetes medication and some light snacks will be provided. However, if your child has a special dietary requirement, please ensure that your child has some food with him/her;
  • Do ask your child to inform the person at the registration that he/she is diabetic.

D3. Will a report of the health screening be sent to me?

A password-protected health report with the results of the health screening will be sent to your email as provided.

E. GRAB VOUCHER REDEMPTION

E1. When will I receive the Grab voucher after completing the Health Survey?

You will receive the SMS or email for the voucher redemption within 21 working days after completing the Health Survey.

E2. How long will the voucher be valid for?

The voucher would be valid for 180 days after being issued.

E3. What are the steps to redeem the Grab voucher?

  1. Please ensure that you have the Grab app installed on your phone.
    • You may download it on Apple store or on Google Playstore.
  2. Click on the link that you received via either SMS or email.
  3. You will be directed to the Grab App. Please log in using the phone number that is registered with Grab.
  4. An SMS containing the OTP will be sent to the phone number. Please enter the OTP to complete the gift voucher redemption.
  5. Once successfully redeemed, you may go to My Rewards under the Account tab in Grab app to locate your voucher.

For more information on Grab vouchers, please click here.

F. DATA CONFIDENTIALITY

F1. How will HPB protect my child’s data and ensure my child’s privacy?

HPB places paramount importance on the protection of your child’s data and information. All data and information provided by your child and collected during the study will be managed in accordance to the guidelines stated in HPB’s Privacy Statement (refer to https://www.hpb.gov.sg/privacy-statement for more details) and all other data security and management guidelines included in the government’s Instruction Manual 8 (IM8).

F2. Who will have access to my child’s data?

The use of, disclosure of and provision of access to data and information provided by and collected from your child will be in accordance to HPB’s Privacy Statement as mentioned in F1.

HPB will require your consent to allow HPB access to the relevant data and information before your child participates in YHS.

The Ministry of Health and National Healthcare Group Domain Specific Review Board (HPB’s appointed ethics board) will also have access to your child’s data to review study procedures and data.

Any data shared will not be identifiable and will only be in aggregate form.

G. CONTACT INFORMATION FOR QUERIES

If you have any further queries, you may contact us through either of the following:

Youth Health Survey (YHS) Hotline
Hotline: 96152079
Email: enquiry_yhs@qsfirst.sg
Operating hours: 9am to 9pm daily

Health Promotion Board HealthLine
Hotline: 1800 2231313
Email: hpb_yhs@hpb.gov.sg
Operating hours: 8.30am to 5.00pm (Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays)