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Handheld Computer-Assisted Self-Interviews: User Comfort Level and Preferences


Bernhardt, Jay M.; Strecher, Victor J.; Bishop, Kathy R.; Potts, Paul; Madison, Elizabeth M.; & Thorp, John M., Jr. (2001). Handheld Computer-Assisted Self-Interviews: User Comfort Level and Preferences. American Journal of Health Behavior, 25(6), 557-563.


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.


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American Journal of Health Behavior


Bernhardt, Jay M.
Strecher, Victor J.
Bishop, Kathy R.
Potts, Paul
Madison, Elizabeth M.
Thorp, John M., Jr.