Prospective tracking of a pediatric emergency department e-kiosk to deliver asthma education


The study objective was to describe the prospective use of an interactive Patient Education and Motivation Tool (PEMT) placed within a pediatric emergency department (ED). A touch screen computer was utilized to deliver asthma education to children and their parents/guardians during their acute asthma visit between November 2006 and April 2007. Ninety-nine participants were enrolled in this prospective non-randomized pre-post study. PEMT comprised three key components: screening, learning and evaluation. The tool tracked the date the system was used, user characteristics, asthma knowledge, amount of time spent on each screen, and navigational patterns of individuals using the program. The results showed that baseline asthma knowledge had positive association with age and negative association with time spent in the learning module. There was negative association between age and time spent in the learning module. Thus PEMT was effective in improving the asthma knowledge of young patients and those having lower baseline knowledge.

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Health Informatics Journal