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 have conducted telephone interviews with people who have asthma or are the parent of a child with asthma. Interviews took about 45 minutes. Participants were asked a series of open-ended questions about their and their family’s experiences with asthma care and insurance. We will use these answers to help us understand the experiences of families with asthma in different types of health plans. We will be releasing reports on our findings.

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.