Nynke de Jong successfully completed her (Dutch) MSc thesis in June 2017. Nynke gained insight into the implementation of the Hayfever Forecast System.
Using the Health Belief Model, semi-structured interviews were analysed to gain insight into the relevance of the implementation of the Hayfever Forecast System (HFF). This, by researching the perceptions of SAR-patients and their current strategies to cope with SAR. 'Seizoensgebonden Allergische Rinitis' (SAR) is a frequent occuring allergic condition. The symptoms don't look like a serious condition. But various studies show a negative impact on the quality of life, show high costs and a relation with asthma. This is why effective control is needed. To accomplish that, research is needed. Researchers at WUR are doing research and developing the Hayfever Forecast System (HFF). This model is able to give more specific information than the current forecast systems. Qualitative information coming from SAR-patients regarding the relevance of the implementation of the HFF is lacking, which causes uncertainty.