Feasibility of Interactive Voice Response Methods in Health Behavior Research With Immigrant Latinos

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Abstract:

Objectives: Determine the feasibility of using interactive voice response (IVR) for conducting daily diary research with immigrant Latinos. Methods: Baseline data containing demographic, health, and job-related characteristics were obtained from immigrant Latino construction workers (N=119). Participants also completed an IVR-based daily diary for 21 consecutive days. Results: Over one third (37%) of the sample adhered to the 21-day protocol; a comparable percent-age (38.7%) initiated but did not adhere to the protocol; and 24% never began the diary protocol. Adherence was generally not predicted by demographic, health, or job-related characteristics. Conclusions: IVR technology makes diary studies with Latino samples feasible.

Keywords: DAILY DIARY; INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE; LATINOS; METHODS EVALUATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.2.11

Affiliations: 1: Department of Family and Community Medicine, Center for Worker Health, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. grzywacz@wakehealth.edu 2: Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, Center for Worker Health, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 3: Department of Family and Community Medicine, Center for Worker Health, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 4: Department of Biostatistical Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC, USA 5: Myers-Lawson School of Construction, Occupational Safety and Health Research Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA 6: Department of English, Occupational Safety and Health Research Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, USA

Publication date: March 1, 2013

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