AFFORD (Asthma in Families Facing Out-of-Pocket Requirements with Deductibles) Study


What is the purpose of this research study?

The goal of this research study is to better understand how different types of health insurance plans affect the experiences of people with asthma and their families, including: their decisions about medical care, their use of medications, their health, and their expenses.


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What is involved in this study?

We are conducting telephone interviews with people who have asthma or are the parent of a child with asthma. Interviews take about 45 minutes. You will be asked a series of open-ended questions about you and your family’s experiences with asthma care and insurance. We will use your answers to help us understand the experiences of families with asthma in different types of health plans.

Will I be paid to be in this research study?

If you participate in an interview, you will receive a $50 gift card.

How do I sign up to participate?

To find out if you are eligible to participate in this study, please complete our online questionnaire or call 1-855-565-9923 (9-5 EST).

Who do I contact if I have questions?

You can call the study team at 1-855-565-9923 (9-5 EST) if you have questions.

If I participate, will my information be kept private?

Yes. All information we collect will be stored in protected files that can only be accessed by people working on this study. We will follow federal and state laws that require us to protect the privacy and the confidentiality of participants’ health information. 

Who is funding this study?

This study is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The study is a project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School.