Project Overview +

This project aims to create a channel for the Michigan Interactive Health Kiosk Project on prostate cancer symptoms, testing, and treatment options.

Aims +

Aim 1. Develop a health channel for the kiosk that focuses on prostate cancer screening.

Aim 2. Include the channel in all of the kiosks through the state of Michigan.

Participants +

Residents throughout the State of Michigan.

Intervention +

Developed as part of the Michigan Interactive Health Kiosk Demonstration Project, this health channel includes:

  • Detailed information about the prostate and associated health risks
  • A discussion on the complex decision making about testing and treatment related to prostate cancer.
  • An interactive personal risk assessment.

An additional obstacle this project faces is that of content approval. This channel includes necessary text and graphics referring to male genitalia. Because the public would have unrestricted access to the kiosk channels, the funding source for the project is intimately involved in the final approved content deemed critical to the channel.

Findings +

Focus groups, intercept interviews, and usability testing were completed for all of the channels before final dissemination into the kiosks. Feedback was reviewed and improvements, clarifications, and updates were implemented into each channel as appropriate.

After dissemination, findings for all channels provided in the kiosk include:

  • Pilot assessments of all kiosk users showed that over 400,000 individuals use the kiosks each year.
  • When comparing users with the population exposed to the kiosks, we find that kiosk users tend to be younger (over 50% of users are under 21 years of age). Users do not, however, differ from nonusers by ethnic or gender status.
  • Because of the ethnic compositions where the kiosks are placed, over 50% of kiosk users are nonwhite. Satisfaction levels with the kiosks do not differ by ethnic status or by gender.
  • Kiosk users report that the information provided is useful and easy to understand.
  • Users rate information from the kiosk as equally as or more trustworthy than information received from physicians or television news shows.
  • The vast majority of users enjoyed using the HOV modules and thought they were easy to use.

Conclusion +

The Michigan Interactive Health Kiosk Project is one example of how interactive multimedia technology can be made available to a broader spectrum of the public.

The data suggests that interactive multimedia would be used by the public most in need of preventive services - those who do not have ready access to computers.

The Prostate Cancer Screening Channel

01/01/1996 - 09/30/1997

Sponsor(s)

Michigan Department of Community Health

Principal Investigator:

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH