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Handheld Computer-assisted Self-interviews: User Comfort Level and Preferences

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Objectives: To examine the comfort level and survey preferences of participants who completed handheld computer-assisted self-interviews (H-CASI). Methods: Obstetrics patients (N=187) were surveyed about their comfort with the H-CASI and its read-ability, likeability, ease of use, and preferability over paper-and-pencil surveys. Results: Most participants were comfortable using the handheld computer and stated a preference of H-CASI over paper-and-pencil surveys. Previous computer experience and lower education level predicted greater handheld-computer preference. >Conclusion: Results suggest that data collection using H-CASI may be an appropriate and preferable strategy for many participants.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. 2: Health Behavior and Health Education, Health Media Research Laboratory, School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. 3: New Brighton, PA. 4: InterConnect of Ann Arbor, Inc, Ann Arbor, MI. 5: Health Promotion, and Behavior, University of Georgia, Athens GA. 6: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Publication date: November 1, 2001

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