Collecting cancer risk factor data from hospital outpatients: use of touch-screen computers

Baratiny, Genevieve Y. and Campbell, Elizabeth M. and Sanson-Fisher, Rob W. and Graham, June and Cockburn, Jill (2000) Collecting cancer risk factor data from hospital outpatients: use of touch-screen computers. Cancer Detection and Prevention, 24 (6). pp. 501-507. ISSN 0361-090X


The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of selected cancer risk factor data from hospital outpatients and the proportion of 'at risk' patients who would like help from hospital staff to reduce risk factors. A touch-screen computer collected data from outpatients in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Eight hundred and nineteen outpatients completed the computerized interview. Of these, 35% were smokers, of whom 25% said that they would like help to stop smoking; 47% were overweight, with 48% indicating that they wanted assistance; 17% consumed harmful levels of alcohol, with 2% wanting help; 30% of eligible women were overdue for a Pap test, of whom 75% said that they wanted a referral to be screened, and 25% were overdue for a mammogram, of whom 83% said that they would like a referral for an examination. Touch-screen computerized health risk assessments are practical for collecting and monitoring valid cancer risk factor data for hospital outpatients.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2000 International Society for Preventive Oncology.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2016 02:49
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2017 06:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer, computers, needs assessment, primary prevention, risk factors, patients
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine

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