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Am J Prev Med. 1999 Nov;17(4):269-74.

Interactive technology applications for behavioral counseling: issues and opportunities for health care settings.

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  • 1Oregon Center for Applied Science and Oregon Research Institute, Eugene 97403, USA.



This article discusses the rationale for, and the potential benefits and limitations of, computer-based interactive health communication (IHC) programs for health behavior counseling. We describe common barriers to health behavior counseling in medical settings and show how IHCs can address these issues. Following an overview of current and likely near-future IHCs, the potential impact of IHCs on the patient-provider relationship is considered. Results from evaluations of IHCs are summarized and important and unique issues in evaluating IHCs are discussed. We conclude with recommendations for clinical applications, including recommendations for consumers considering purchase or adoption of IHCs and recommendations for future research.

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