GPCA Health Survey
2009 Revised GPCA Health Survey
The Great Pyrenees Club of America has revised a confidential health survey for GPCA breeders and Great Pyrenees owners, for the purpose of identifying diseases and health conditions (both genetic and otherwise) that affect the breed.
The survey will assist the GPCA Health Committee in determining the best use of GPCA-donated health funds for health research. In addition, it will serve as a tool to determine CHIC participation requirements. The 2009 revised survey still consists of only two pages — page one will remain with an independent tabulator for record-keeping purposes, and page two will go to the GPCA health database manager, Catherine de la Cruz. The revised survey has been changed to offer information to the Health Committee as to which outreach efforts are resulting in responses, and to discourage any ancillary information that could compromise confidentiality.
2006 Revised GPCA Health Survey
The GPCA Health Information Committee instituted a review of the GPCA's Health Survey. This was initiated in response to the low number of surveys completed by GPCA members in 2004 even though the Health Committee mailed out a copy of the survey to each GPCA member. Subsequently, we polled GPCA members in an effort to find out why they didn't submit surveys.
The most frequent reasons cited were the complexity of the survey and a concern about confidentiality. As a committee, we have addressed our members' concerns. We have reviewed and simplified the survey, making it more user-friendly, and we have addressed the confidentiality issue. While in an ideal world, as people concerned with the health of Pyrs, we all would feel comfortable discussing the health issues of our dogs. However, in the real world, this is not the case.
We have designed the survey to be in 2 parts. The first page, contains the information on the dog's identity and its owner. The second page contains the information on the health of the dog. The completed survey will be sent to the GPCA's independent tabulator. She will assign each dog surveyed an identification number and place the owners information in a database. The survey portion of the information will then be sent to the Health Committee's database manager for input. No GPCA member or Health Committee member will see the owner's information or the dog's identification, thus ensuring confidentiality.
The purpose of this survey is to identify diseases and health conditions (both genetic and otherwise) that affect the breed. The survey will assist the GPCA Health Committee in determining the best use of GPCA-donated health funds for health research. In addition, it will serve as a tool to determine CHIC participation requirements.
We would like to sincerely thank Catherine de la Cruz and Linda Weisser for their groundbreaking work on the original survey they developed many years ago. They did an incredible job in its development and in raising health awareness among the Pyrenees community.