Touch screen computer health assessment in Australian general practice patients


A cross sectional study protocol

Funded by The National Heart Foundation, Beyond Blue and the Cancer Institute of New South Wales

Sze Lin Yoong1,2, Mariko Leanne Carey1,2, Rob Sanson-Fisher1,2, Grant Russell3, Danielle Mazza4, Meredith Makeham5, Christine Louise1,2, Kerry Jane Inder6, Catherine D’Este2,7.

  1. The Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour, The University of Newcastle
  2. Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), Newcastle,
  3. Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Monash University
  4. Department of General Practice, Monash University,
  5. School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales
  6. Centre for Brain and Mental Heallth Research, The University of Newcastle
  7. Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Newcastle

Electronic health assessments could potentially help GPs with early detection and subsequent management of cardiovascular disease related conditions and cancer, and the organisation and delivery of preventive care. This study has involved a cross-sectional health assessment of around 2400-3000 Australian general practice patients, to estimate the acceptability and feasibility of collecting health risk information using an electronic questionnaire presented on a touch screen computer. Outcomes of this study have included:

  • The collection of valuable information regarding the utility of touch screen assessment tools in the general practice setting;
  • Creation of a large Australian dataset on self-reported factors and current preventive care among general practice patients.