Adapting the human-computer interface for reading literacy and computer skill to facilitate collection of information directly from patients.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Clinical information collected directly from patients is critical to the practice of medicine. Past efforts to collect this information using computers have had limited utility because these efforts required users to be facile with the computerized information collecting system. In this paper we describe the design, development, and function of a computer system that uses recent technology to overcome the limitations of previous computer-based data collection tools by adapting the human-computer interface to the native language, reading literacy, and computer skills of the user. Specifically, our system uses a numerical representation of question content, multimedia, and touch screen technology to adapt the computer interface to the native language, reading literacy, and computer literacy of the user. In addition, the system supports health literacy needs throughout the data collection session and provides contextually relevant disease-specific education to users based on their responses to the questions. The system has been successfully used in an academically affiliated family medicine clinic and in an indigent adult medicine clinic.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lobach, DF; Arbanas, JM; Mishra, DD; Campbell, M; Wildemuth, BM

Published Date

  • January 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 107 / Pt 2

Start / End Page

  • 1142 - 1146

PubMed ID

  • 15360991

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-8365

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0926-9630


  • eng