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Article: Nutrition education via a touchscreen: a randomized controlled trial in latino immigrant parents of infants and toddlers.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: To investigate whether educational modules presented on a touchscreen computer increase immediate nutrition and feeding knowledge in low-income, Spanish-speaking Latino immigrant parents. This was a randomized controlled trial conducted in an urban pediatric clinic with a sample of low-income, Spanish-speaking Latino parents of children <3 years randomly assigned to the intervention (n = 80) and control groups (n = 80). Intervention group members viewed 5 modules on nutrition and feeding presented on an interactive platform using a touchscreen computer. Modules contained text, pictures, and audio. Content was drawn from Bright Futures Guidelines. The primary outcome was a parental total summed knowledge score based on correct responses to 19 questions related to module content. Domain-specific scores were also analyzed. Intervention and control groups did not differ on demographic characteristics. Participants were of varied Latino origins, mean age was 27.5 years, 41% reported a <7th grade education, and 65% reported that they rarely/never use a computer. Compared with the control group, the intervention group had a superior mean total summed knowledge score (72.3% vs 90.8%, P < .001). Mean domain-specific summed knowledge scores were also greater in the intervention arm compared with the control for all 5 domains. These results did not differ on the basis of participant education level. 71% (n = 57) of intervention arm participants planned to change something based on what they learned from the computer program, and 80% reported that they will (n = 49) or may (n = 15) talk to their child's doctor about what they learned in the modules. Results of this pilot study add to the growing literature on the use of this technology for health education in low-income Latino immigrants. Despite low education levels and computer experience, findings suggest that immediate parental knowledge was enhanced supporting the need for a more rigorous evaluation of this technology and its impact on health behaviors.Academic pediatrics 06/2012; 12(5):412-9.
Article: Interactive nutrition education via a touchscreen: is this technology well received by low-income Spanish-speaking parents?[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: To evaluate the usability of touchscreen mediated nutrition and feeding educational modules among low-income Latino immigrant parents. A cross-sectional study was performed March-August, 2010 in an outpatient pediatric setting among low-income Spanish-speaking parents of children < 3 years. Culturally-targeted educational modules focused on infant/toddler nutrition and feeding were delivered via touchscreen to participants in Spanish using a multimedia format including text, audio and pictures. Viewing of all modules lasted 25 minutes. Demographic and computer use data was collected. The outcomes assessed were perceived ease of use of the touchsreen and usefulness of the educational modules. The majority of the eighty participants reported rarely/never using a computer (64%; n=51) and 46% reported ≤ 8th grade education. 92% of participants found the touchscreen 'easy'/'very easy' to use. Nearly all users found the modules 'useful' (95%) and 'easy' to understand (96%). Higher educated individuals were more likely to find the touchscreen 'very easy' versus 'easy' to use (Odds Ratio=3.67, 95% CI:1.18-11.43) and the modules 'very easy' to understand (OR=3.99, 95% CI:1.37-11.62). Despite low computer experience levels, participants perceived touchscreens and the content presented as highly usable. Ongoing evaluation of providing targeted health education via touchscreens in this population is indicated.Technology and health care: official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine 01/2012; 20(3):195-203.