What you need to know about joining
Flip the nine cards below to learn more about KP Research Bank — and how your participation can help.
You could be helping people and communities in the future. Your participation in this program could help researchers understand health and disease, and discover new treatments or cures.
Your personal information (name, birth date, and more) is removed and replaced with a number. This de-identified data is securely stored within KP, and may be submitted to secure public research databases.
is used for research
To make discoveries about health, researchers use many pieces of health information, including medical record, survey, and genetic information. All research projects must be approved by a review committee.
Complete a brief
Joining means taking a 20-minute health survey that asks about your past and current health. You can skip any questions you do not want to answer. The information is used for research.
Share past and
Joining means agreeing to share your past and future medical record data for research only. Your personal information is removed from your medical record data and replaced with a number to protect your identity and privacy.
After you join, visit any Kaiser Permanente lab to give a blood sample — no appointment or copay. Researchers study DNA and molecules in these and other samples to understand health and illness.
Watch a video about the journey of your blood sample (01:25)
This is not
You will not get personal results back. Results will not be given to your doctor, put in your medical record, or used to help make decisions about your current health care.
Many safeguards protect you, but there is a small chance an unauthorized person could access your health information and it could be misused.
You can leave the
Your information may be used for research now and in the future. You can leave the program at any time.