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Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Nov;97(2):244-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.018. Epub 2014 Jul 21.

Acceptability of health information technology aimed at environmental health education in a prenatal clinic.

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1
Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH), University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, 1995 University Ave. Suite 265, Berkeley 94704 7392, USA. Electronic address: lgrosas@stanford.edu.
2
Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health (CERCH), University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, 1995 University Ave. Suite 265, Berkeley 94704 7392, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the acceptability of an interactive computer kiosk that provides environmental health education to low-income Latina prenatal patients.

METHODS:

A mixed-methods approach was used to assess the acceptability of the Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk pregnant Latina women in Salinas, CA (n=152). The kiosk is a low literacy, interactive touch-screen computer program with an audio component and includes graphics and an interactive game.

RESULTS:

The majority had never used a kiosk before. Over 90% of women reported that they learned something new while using the kiosk. Prior to using the kiosk, 22% of women reported their preference of receiving health education from a kiosk over a pamphlet or video compared with 57% after using the kiosk (p<0.01). Qualitative data revealed: (1) benefit of exposure to computer use; (2) reinforcing strategy of health education; and (3) popularity of the interactive game.

CONCLUSION:

The Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk is an innovative patient health education modality that was shown to be acceptable among a population of low-income Latino pregnant women in a prenatal care clinic.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

This pilot study demonstrated that a health education kiosk was an acceptable strategy for providing Latina prenatal patients with information on pertinent environmental exposures.

KEYWORDS:

Environment health; Information technology; Pregnancy; Prenatal

PMID:
25085548
PMCID:
PMC4520806
DOI:
10.1016/j.pec.2014.07.018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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