I came to asthma.org.uk site after seeing the publicity for the ""Triple A Test"".
I have to say, I feel used. This doesn't feel like a test to help site visitors discover their risk of an asthma attack... it feels like a test to collect behavioural stats for purposes the site owners haven't shared with us.
Look at the questions:
- Do I live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales
Does that increase my risk of an asthma attack?
- Do you think you are at risk from an asthma attack?
I thought that's what the test was supposed to be telling me!
- ""I take 3 or more different asthma medicines...""
(Footnote: ""Taking 3 or more types of asthma medicine can mean that you are at an increased risk of having an asthma attack."")
Well, there's a surprise!
- ""I have attended A&E or been admitted overnight to hospital for my asthma in the past 6 months""
(Footnote: ""Research suggests this puts you at an increased risk of an asthma attack in the future."")
So people who've had an asthma attack are at risk of another one? I'd never have guessed that!
I won't bore the discussion with the rest of the questions, but it's clear to me that this is a behavioural study, which is just dressed-up as a risk assessment to help people understand, manage and even take steps to lower risks.
There's nothing wrong with behavioural studies, but I think there is something morally wrong with mis-selling the survey. Why don't the site owners just publicise it for what it is? Because they think fewer people will be interested to take part?
I see the last new discussion was users lamenting that this site isn't the support venue it used to be. Well I have some sympathy... I'm a new user, and already alienated. I'm interested to hear what others think.