Title

Basic computer skills and computer preferences of inner-city hospitalized medical patients: implications for web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention

Abstract

Health care delivery is being transformed by the use of computer technology, and integrated physical health with mental and behavioral health care are national priorities. This study examined the basic computer skills and computer preferences of inner-city hospitalized medical patients in a design study of a web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention program prototype. Participants were 26 patients observed going through the program prototype using both a laptop computer and mouse, and an iPad. The majority of patients were able to do all the basic laptop and basic iPad skills to complete the program prototype, including older patients (aged 50 years or older) and patients with a high school degree or less. Patient computer preference was 3:1 for the use of an iPad versus a laptop computer, and the majority of patients preferred to complete a web-based versus an in-person brief intervention health program. Inner-city hospitalized medical patients appear able to complete and may be receptive to web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention programs.

Document Type

Article

PubMed ID

30739595

DOI

10.1080/00981389.2019.1575942

Link to Full Text

Share

COinS