Global Brain Health Survey

Between June 2019 and August 2020, Lifebrain conducted the Global Brain Health Survey to collect data on people’s perceptions of brain health and willingness to take care of their brain by adopting new lifestyles. The survey was conducted online and translated into 14 languages to reach as many people as possible. In total, it collected 27,500 responses from people in 76 countries.

Why a Global Brain Health Survey?

“The brain is probably our most important organ. It is therefore critically important to understand what motivates and demotivates people to take care of their brain. We hope to use the survey results to develop useful policy recommendations, which is a core objective of Lifebrain “ says researcher Isabelle Budin Ljøsne who leads the survey as part of the work conducted in the Stakeholder Engagement work package of Lifebrain.

The Global Brain Health Survey not only explores people’s interest in brain health, it also investigates what people purposefully do for their brain health, how motivated they are to take tests to learn about their brain health, which activities they are willing (or not willing) to engage in for their brain health, and what kind of support they would need to make lifestyle changes. The survey respondents are also asked to select public health measures they see as most efficient to promote brain health.

The survey is led by the Lifebrain consortium and is executed in collaboration with national brain councils in Norway, Germany, and Belgium, the Brain Foundation Netherlands, the Swedish Brain Foundation, the Women’s Brain Project, and the National University of Ostroh Academy in Ukraine.

For more information about the survey design, have a look at our study protocol paper.

Thanks to all!

“We collected many more answers to the survey than we could ever dream of. We received fantastic help from our co-organizers and stakeholders to disseminate the survey among a variety of channels including social media, websites and newsletters. The researchers in Lifebrain brilliantly played the role of ambassadors for the survey in their respective countries. We also experienced that people find brain health interesting, want to learn more about it, and are willing to help us by taking the survey. Many thanks to all for great help! ” says Isabelle.

Next steps

The Lifebrain team will work during the following months to analyze the survey data. The first survey results are expected to be available during the spring/summer of 2021 and will be posted on the Lifebrain web site. Stay posted!