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Developing a Questionnaire to Measure Perceived Attributes of eHealth Innovations

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Objective : To design a valid and reliable questionnaire to assess perceived attributes of technology-based health education innovations.

Methods : College students in 12 personal health courses reviewed a prototype eHealth intervention using a 30-item instrument based upon diffusion theory's perceived attributes of an innovation.

Results : Principal components analysis found 5 factors accounted for 44.4 of the variance: 29.0 (relative advantage), 9.6 (simplicity), 6.5 (trialability), 5.0 (observability), and 4.4 (translatability). Internal consistency reliability ranged from .66 to .91 for the 5 factors.

Conclusion : The instrument can help eHealth developers determine and improve the adoption potential of their applications throughout the development cycle.
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Keywords: college health; diffusion of innovation; eHealth; health education; instrument development

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2007

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.

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