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HealthWise Wales - bringing together healthcare receiving public and public health researchers

11 September 2023

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This summer the HealthWise Wales website and data collection platform has been completely rebuilt to offer a better user experience and functionality and was recently relaunched.

This hails the beginning of a new phase of recruitment of both new participants and new researchers whose common goal is to improve health in Wales.

Established by researchers at Cardiff University in 2015 and initially funded by Welsh Government, HealthWise Wales’ vision is to support health and social care research in Wales by bringing together the healthcare receiving public and public health researchers.

HealthWise Wales is foremost a registry, currently of over 40,000 altruistic participants who have consented to be contacted about opportunities to take part in surveys and other types of public health research.

Those of us who have ever tried to recruit even small numbers of eligible participants to research projects, know the huge value of having a research-ready register of participants to draw from.

For participants, the value of being part of HealthWise Wales lies in being offered opportunities to take part in high quality research that tackles important health issues and has the potential to positively impact real lives.

“HealthWise Wales is an excellent resource to increase the participation of the people of Wales in health and social care related research. Increased public participation in research has been shown to improve health outcomes and reduce inequality of care. I’m pleased that we have been able to retain HealthWise Wales within our school. I am keen to encourage our researchers to use HealthWise Wales to help them achieve their research aspirations and improve the quality of care delivered.”
Professor Steve Riley Head of School of Medicine

The service is available to all researchers within the School of Medicine (charges apply).

For further information about joining HealthWise Wales as a participant or to use the resource for your research, visit or contact the team at

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