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J Oncol Manag. 2003 Sep-Oct;12(5):9-12.

Quality of life assessment for low literacy Latinos: a new multimedia program for self-administration.

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Center on Outcomes, Research and Education, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, IL 60201, USA.


Cancer patients who have limited literacy skills or English language proficiency are particularly vulnerable to receiving sub-optimal care. Outcome measurement in these patients may provide new insight into previously undetected problems. This report describes the development and testing of a Spanish language, multimedia program for quality of life (QOL) assessment. Pilot testing was conducted with 30 Latino cancer patients with a range of education levels and computer experience. Patients found the program easy to use and understand. The "Talking Touchscreen" is a practical, user-friendly method that provides greater opportunities to assess QOL in Spanish-speaking patients with a range of literacy skills.

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