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HealthPoint Communications pioneered the use of interactive, multimedia kiosks in cancer education. Breast, cervical and colorectal cancers are among the few cancers that can be detected early through screening.  Most cases are preventable through early detection and treatment. Yet medically underserved communities have comparatively lower screening rates, higher levels of late-stage detection and notably lower survival rates. HealthPoint Communications kiosks offer an innovative and effective approach to improving screening adherence among low-income, low literacy populations. Efficacy studies of our kiosk-based interventions demonstrate they are exceedingly effective cancer education platforms for increasing knowledge, improving attitudes and promoting cancer screening.
 
 


 

This study developed and evaluated the efficacy of touchscreen kiosks to deliver tailored, bilingual (Spanish/English), breast cancer education to low-income, low literacy Latinas. The kiosks literally put information at a woman's fingertips through technology that required neither computer nor keyboard literacy. The study developed a user-friendly, selfpaced cancer education platform that leveraged video, audio text, and graphics. Women accessed ten information modules interactively based on their language preferences, age and prior screening history. The education modules employed interactive, multimedia elements to present an educational experience that was engaging, informative and motivating as well as responsive to the information needs, interests and concerns of its intended audiences.

 

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This study developed and evaluated the efficacy of next-generation, digital, interactive, multimedia touchscreen kiosks to deliver tailored, bilingual (Spanish/English), cervical cancer education to low-income, low literacy Latinas. The kiosks are designed as small-form-factor units for use with or without a base, which makes them relatively portable. The intervention kiosks offer five interactive modules that address Latina information needs, interests and concerns based on the findings our prior formative research. A user-friendly interface enabled women to access information and engage in a self-directed, individualized learning experience.


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A study is currently in progress to develop and assess the efficacy of digital video, interactive, touchscreen kiosks to deliver tailored, bilingual (Spanish/English), age and gender appropriate colorectal cancer screening information to Latino men and women ages 50 and older. The information modules are guided by formative research with adherent and non-adherent Latinos to identify barriers and facilitators to colorectal cancer screening for low-income, low literacy Latinos. This study is scheduled for completion by August 2010.

 

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