The Health Risk Assessment (HRA)
The Health Risk Appraisal (HRA) questionnaire is the tool that gives individuals an assessment of their current health and quality of life.
The UM-HMRC provides an HRA Questionnaire and Profile (confidential feedback) in a printed format or online for the individual participant. The UM-HMRC research has developed and continually updated this HRA questionnaire.
The assessment promotes health awareness for the individual by reviewing one’s personal lifestyle practices and revealing health issues that personal choices could impact.
The personalized Profile report from the HRA survey recommends healthy behaviors according to age group, gender, and risk level. The Profile presents the top 3 personal risks and provides resources listed by availability.
Blood draw (includes Lipid Panel and Glucose)
This simple blood test requires a 10 hour blood fast. The test includes total cholesterol, a cholesterol breakdown of HDL and LDL, triglycerides and glucose. TSG also provides a blood pressure reading and body fat analysis for all participants.
How the test is performed
Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood.
Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm.
Once blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding.
Veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another and from one side of the body to the other. Getting a blood sample from some people may be more difficult than from others.
How to prepare for the test
Do not eat or drink anything, only water, 10-12 hours prior to the test. Staying hydrated during the fast is important.
How the test will feel
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing.
Risks associated with this test may include:
- Excessive bleeding
- Fainting or feeling light-headed
- Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
- Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken)
- Multiple punctures to locate veins
- Special considerations