Project Overview +

This project aims to create a channel for the Michigan Interactive Health Kiosk Project on how to assess personal risk of breast cancer and how to detect breast cancer early.

Aims +

Aim 1. Develop a health channel for the kiosk that focuses on breast cancer prevention.

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 interactive questions and answers by experts, to help women learn about breast cancer. Questions include:

  • What is it?
  • How common is it?
  • Is it curable?
  • If I have it will I need surgery?
  • Are some people more susceptible?
  • Are all abnormalities found by mammograms cancer?
  • What's the best way to find cancer?
  • Information on early detection and symptoms.
  • An individualized personal risk assessment.

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 Breast Cancer Screening Channel

01/01/1996 - 09/30/1997

Sponsor(s)

Michigan Department of Community Health

Principal Investigator:

Victor J. Strecher, PhD, MPH