At the Centre for Health and Development (CHAD), we are working with Public Health England to evaluate peoples experiences of the online Heart Age Test (HAT). The evaluation will be carried out by Victoria Riley, Prof. Chris Gidlow, Assistant Prof. Rachel Povey and Sophia Fedorowicz and involves members of the public taking part in an online survey and/or being interviewed to help understand if the Heart Age Test meets the outcomes set by Public Health England.
The Heart Age Test is a free online tool that can be used to predict an individual’s cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk through estimated Heart Age, which can be compared with their actual age. You can access the test by clicking this link: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/check-your-health/heart-age-test/
The test was originally developed to help people understand their risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and to encourage people to attend their NHS Health Check when they are invited. The NHS Health Check is a free check for adults in England aged 40-74 who do not have pre-existing cardiovascular conditions. The Health Check looks at your circulatory and vascular health and your chance of developing vascular disease.
An initial assessment of the Heart Age Test in 2015 showed it had been completed by more than 500,000 people, including people who find attending face-to-face check-ups difficult, and it helped increase people’s awareness of their own risk factors (things like cholesterol and high blood pressure). What we need to find out now, is what people think about the Heart Age Test and if it encourages people to take action to improve their health or not, and why that might be. The current evaluation aims to provide a better understanding of these factors.
If you would like to participate, please follow this link to the survey: http://staffordshire.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3lMmOD62u4cLppX
You could win up to £50 worth of online retail vouchers for taking part in the survey and would receive a £20 online retail voucher as a thank you for taking part in an interview.