Predicting healthcare-seeking behavior based on stated readiness to act: development and validation of a prediction model.

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A starting point of many digital health interventions informed by the Stages of Change Model of behavior change is assessing a person's readiness to change. In this paper, we use the concept of readiness to develop and validate a prediction model of health-seeking behavior in the context of family planning. We conducted a secondary analysis of routinely collected, anonymized health data submitted by 4,088 female users of a free health chatbot in Kenya. We developed a prediction model of (future) self-reported action by randomly splitting the data into training and test data sets (80/20, stratified by the outcome). We further split the training data into 10 folds for cross-validating the hyperparameter tuning step in model selection. We fit nine different classification models and selected the model that maximized the area under the receiver operator curve. We then fit the selected model to the full training dataset and evaluated the performance of this model on the holdout test data. The model predicted who will visit a family planning provider in the future with high precision (0.93) and moderate recall (0.75). Using the Stages of Change framework, we concluded that 29% of women were in the "Preparation" stage, 21% were in the "Contemplation" stage, and 50% were in the "Pre-Contemplation" stage. We demonstrated that it is possible to accurately predict future healthcare-seeking behavior based on information learned during the initial encounter. Models like this may help intervention developers to tailor strategies and content in real-time.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Green, EP; Pradheep, S; Heinzelman, J; Nyanchoka, A; Achieng, D; Goyal, S; Cusson, L; Kurz, AS; Bellows, B

Published Date

  • January 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 1

Start / End Page

  • ibab096 -

PubMed ID

  • 34283889

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1613-9860

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1869-6716

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/tbm/ibab096


  • eng