Project Overview +

This project aims to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative kiosk-based multimedia educational outreach program to increase knowledge of Alzheimer's disease among the public.

Aims +

Aim 1. Conduct focus group interviews to assess the types of information about Alzheimer's Disease (AD) that would be of greatest relevance to the general public.

Aim 2. Develop an AD channel as part of an interactive program that customizes and delivers content through the use of a computer kiosk.

Aim 3. Promote the use of the AD channel, particularly by underserved populations, through community-based advisory groups and media outlets.

Aim 4. Monitor use of the AD channel to determine usage rates, satisfaction levels, and demographic characteristics of users.

Aim 5. Assess the impact of the information disseminated via the AD channel on user's knowledge, attitudes and intentions to use diagnostic and assessment and community-based services by conducting focus groups and exit interviews.

Participants +

Various focus groups and individual usability testers will be used during the development cycle of the AD channel. It will then be installed on all Michigan Interactive Health Kiosks in Michigan for the public's use.

Intervention +

This project focuses on creating a new Alzheimer's Disease (AD) "channel" to add to the Michigan Interactive Health Kiosk program. The program provides access to a wide variety of health topics via 100 kiosks located in public places throughout the state (e.g., churches, senior centers, schools, shopping malls, grocery stores, hospitals) using interactive multimedia software. The AD channel is designed to increase knowledge and awareness of the disease among the general public.

The channel addresses three key themes:

  1. Memory loss is not part of normal aging
  2. Awareness of the benefits of early diagnosis
  3. Information and help are available

To address these themes, the content of the channel is organized into 5 sections:

  • Learn about Alzheimer's Disease
  • Questions and Answers
  • Getting a Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Information and Help

Each section contains a wealth of information related to the section topic. The channel is narrated by actors, thus allowing individuals who use the kiosk the ability to listen to the information provided on the channel.

The channel is installed on all Michigan Interactive Health Kiosks in Michigan for the public's use.

Findings +

While there has not been a formal evaluation of the Alzheimer's Disease channel based on the public's use in the Michigan Interactive Health Kiosks, focus group feedback greatly enhanced the development of the final channel materials.

Education sections were expanded to cover additional topics, touch-screen buttons were made more obvious and user friendly, and the overall design and usability of the channel were improved.

After dissemination to kiosks, the Alzheimer's Channel was reviewed by a small group of users. These users were asked to complete a short survey after reviewing the channel. A summary of the findings:

Of those individuals who had questions about AD and who were either "not too familiar" or "not at all familiar" with AD before using the channel, 37.4% reported that they found answers to their questions while using the channel, 36.3% reported that they learned either a fair amount or a great deal from the channel, and 34.1% reported that the channel changed the way they thought about AD. In addition, 20.1% of these individuals said they planned to contact the Alzheimer's Association for more information.

Conclusion +

The Alzheimer's Awareness Channel helped people who had little knowledge of the disease. It provided answers to their questions and helped them find resources for follow-up.

The Alzheimer's Awareness Channel

08/01/1998 - 07/31/2002

Sponsor(s)

Michigan Department of Community Health

Principal Investigator:

Cathleen M. Connell, PhD

Co-Investigator(s):

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH

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