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CDC conducting A Matter of Balance six-month follow-up study*
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention want to understand how well participants of the A Matter of Balance program retain information and maintain the behaviors they’ve learned, six months after completing the program. Using their data base, Senior Services of Seattle will identify all the older adults who completed the Matter of Balance program approximately six months earlier.  From this list, the contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton, will randomly select 300 participants from five states and will ask them to complete a 45-minute telephone survey. 1

The survey will ask participants, six months after the program, about their experiences with the Matter of Balance program and about their current knowledge and behaviors related to fall prevention.  Participants’ data will be combined. The results will be provided to the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the local programs.

Partnership for Healthy Aging has changed the participant consent form to obtain permission to participate in the 6 month follow-up survey.  This will allow us to have a uniform consent and be prepared for any future research regarding the dissemination.

The changes on the consent are as follows:

  • The top section gives consent to researchers to use information on the first and last session survey for program evaluation and improvement.
  • The bottom section is the Supplemental Informed Consent Solicitation.  It gives consent to the CDC to contact the participant directly to complete the CDC survey. There is also a line for the participant’s phone number.

If participants do not want to be part of the CDC survey, they simply do not sign that section.


You will soon receive  new consent forms from Senior Services to use for all classes. Please discard any of the former consent forms you still have.

Thank you for your assistance with this project, and all the great work you are doing sharing A Matter of Balance with your community.

1 Maine, Ohio, Colorado, California and South Carolina are currently identified for the study.

* CDC is working with the Administration on Aging (AoA) and the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to learn more about the AoA-funded fall prevention programs. In addition to the Matter of Balance follow-up study, CDC, AoA and NCOA are conducting a Cost Study to "understand the costs to startup, implement and maintain the Matter of Balance, Tai Chi, and Stepping On programs at the local level."  Download the CDC Fact Sheet to learn more.


Please contact us or call 207-775-1095 if you have questions or need more information.


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