The talking touchscreen: A new approach to outcomes assessment in low literacy

Elizabeth A. Hahn, David Cella, Deborah Dobrez, Gail Shiomoto, Elizabeth Marcus, Samuel G. Taylor, Mala Vohra, Chih Hung Chang, Benjamin D. Wright, John M. Linacre, Barry D Weiss, Veronica Valenzuela, Hsaio Lin Chiang, Kimberly Webster

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Purpose. Cancer patients who are deficient in literacy skills are particularly vulnerable to experiencing different outcomes due to disparities in care or barriers to care. Outcomes measurement in low literacy patients may provide new insight into problems previously undetected due to the challenges of completing paper-and-pencil forms. Description of study. A multimedia program was developed to provide a quality of life assessment platform that would be acceptable to patients with varying literacy skills and computer experience. One item at a time is presented on the computer touchscreen, accompanied by a recorded reading of the question. Various colors, fonts and graphic images are used to enhance visibility, and a small picture icon appears near each text element allowing patients to replay the sound as many times as they wish. Evaluation questions are presented to assess patient burden and preferences. Results. An ethnically diverse group of 126 cancer patients with a range of literacy skills and computer experience reported that the 'talking touchscreen' (TT) was easy to use, and commented on the usefulness of the multimedia approach. Clinical implications. The TT is a practical, user-friendly data acquisition method that provides greater opportunities to measure self-reported outcomes in patients with a range of literacy skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-95
Number of pages10
JournalPsycho-Oncology
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2004

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Hahn, E. A., Cella, D., Dobrez, D., Shiomoto, G., Marcus, E., Taylor, S. G., ... Webster, K. (2004). The talking touchscreen: A new approach to outcomes assessment in low literacy. Psycho-Oncology, 13(2), 86-95. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.719

The talking touchscreen : A new approach to outcomes assessment in low literacy. / Hahn, Elizabeth A.; Cella, David; Dobrez, Deborah; Shiomoto, Gail; Marcus, Elizabeth; Taylor, Samuel G.; Vohra, Mala; Chang, Chih Hung; Wright, Benjamin D.; Linacre, John M.; Weiss, Barry D; Valenzuela, Veronica; Chiang, Hsaio Lin; Webster, Kimberly.

In: Psycho-Oncology, Vol. 13, No. 2, 02.2004, p. 86-95.

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Hahn, EA, Cella, D, Dobrez, D, Shiomoto, G, Marcus, E, Taylor, SG, Vohra, M, Chang, CH, Wright, BD, Linacre, JM, Weiss, BD, Valenzuela, V, Chiang, HL & Webster, K 2004, 'The talking touchscreen: A new approach to outcomes assessment in low literacy', Psycho-Oncology, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 86-95. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.719
Hahn EA, Cella D, Dobrez D, Shiomoto G, Marcus E, Taylor SG et al. The talking touchscreen: A new approach to outcomes assessment in low literacy. Psycho-Oncology. 2004 Feb;13(2):86-95. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.719
Hahn, Elizabeth A. ; Cella, David ; Dobrez, Deborah ; Shiomoto, Gail ; Marcus, Elizabeth ; Taylor, Samuel G. ; Vohra, Mala ; Chang, Chih Hung ; Wright, Benjamin D. ; Linacre, John M. ; Weiss, Barry D ; Valenzuela, Veronica ; Chiang, Hsaio Lin ; Webster, Kimberly. / The talking touchscreen : A new approach to outcomes assessment in low literacy. In: Psycho-Oncology. 2004 ; Vol. 13, No. 2. pp. 86-95.
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