STEPS Bermuda

The STEPS to a Well Bermuda 2019 Survey is coming soon to update Bermuda's population health data.

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about the Survey:

What is the “STEPS to a Well Bermuda” survey and what is it for?

The STEPS to a Well Bermuda” survey is designed to assess the prevalence of chronic disease risk factors within Bermuda’s population. Using the data from the survey, evidence-based policies and interventions may be created to reduce the burden of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, in our community.

Who is included in this survey?

Approximately 2200 households from across Bermuda have been selected to participate in the STEPS Survey. Persons within the household are eligible to participate is they are between the ages of 18 and 69 years.

How was my household selected to participate?

The Department of Statistics randomly selected your household. It is like a game of chance, bingo for instance. All the households in this area had an equal chance of being selected; it just happened that your “number” was one of those that were drawn. In fact, it was really your address that was drawn.

How was I selected to participate?

After your house was randomly selected, we enter the demographics of eligible people living in the household into a device. The device applies a method to randomly select one person to participate. 

Do I have to co-operate?

There is no legal obligation for you to participate in the STEPS survey. However, if I may explain the purpose of the survey to you, you may see how important the information collected will be for analyzing the impact of chronic disease risk factors in our community and creating new policy for chronic disease management.

Should I participate even if I am healthy?

The aim of the STEPS to a Well Bermuda survey is to assess the health status of the population. It is therefore important for us to survey both individuals that are considered healthy as well as unhealthy. Taking part in the survey is voluntary but very important to make sure that the results truly represent the residents of Bermuda. For the survey, only one adult in each selected household will be asked to answer the questions but if a household is chosen and does not participate, it cannot be replaced.

What benefit is it to me if I participate?

You will receive a health screening at no cost. This includes physical measurements (height, weight, blood pressure, and waist circumference) and biochemical assessments (fasting blood glucose and total cholesterol). Also, your participation contributes to the safeguarding of a Well Bermuda for the future.

How long will the survey take?

STEPS 1 and 2 can take up to an hour to complete dependent on participant responses. It can take longer if there are unforeseen interruptions that you may have to attend to or how much detailed information you provide. If STEPS 1 and 2 cannot be completed in one sitting, we can arrange to visit again at your convenience.

I live here alone. Should I also be in the survey?

Yes, single-person households are an important part of the Bermuda society. If households like yours were excluded from the survey, then it would not be representative of Bermuda’s make-up and the results would be biased in favour of all other types of households.

Why are there questions such as age, sex, education, etc.?

These demographic characteristics help us to determine how representative the sample is of Bermuda’s total population. Secondly, it allows users of the information to see how the results vary for different groups or segments of the population.

Is my information confidential?

The survey is confidential. Your name and personal information will not be used, only the data collected. The interviewers have been trained to conduct the interview in a private, professional and confidential manner.

Will I receive feedback?

After your physical and biochemical assessments, you will receive a Participant Feedback Form which you can take with you on your next visit to your health care provider to discuss.

What if my results are abnormal?

You will be given information on the normal limits of tests performed. We encourage you to follow up with your health care provider if you are concerned about any results, particularly if they are in the higher limits of normal. Please remember that your survey results do not intend to replace or infer any physician diagnosis.

How will I remember everything I have to do?

You will be given written information and instructions throughout the process. If you have any questions please email STEPS@gov.bm. We will also leave a contact number with you.

Our last STEPS to a Well Bermuda Examplecan be found here: 

Steps to a Well Bermuda Survey 2014

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