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Title: Handheld computers for survey and trial data collection in resource-poor settings : development and evaluation of PDACT, a Palm TM pilot interviewing system
Authors: Seebregts, Christopher J.
Zwarenstein, Merrick
Mathews, Catherine
Fairall, Lara
Flisher, Alan J.
Seebregts, Clive
Mukoma, Wanjiru
Klepp, Knut-Inge
Keywords: INTERVIEWS
COMPUTER PROGRAMS
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
HEALTH SERVICES
HEALTH SURVEYS
HEALTH STATISTICS
MOBILE DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM
PDA STRUCTURED MEDICAL RECORD FORM
COMPUTER-ASSISTED PERSONAL
Date: 2009
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland, Shannon, County Clare, IE
Abstract: Handheld data collection is an appropriate, affordable and convenient technology for health data collection in diverse settings. Software can be developed that permits end-users with no particular computer programming skill or knowledge to develop PDA-based survey applications and structured medical record form applications. The article reviews a Personal Data Collection Toolkit (PDACT) software, developed to enable questionnaires to be compiled, completed, and evaluated, in several representative field survey settings. Compared with paper-based collection, data validation and cleaning times were reduced, and fewer errors were found. Data are compiled and available within hours of collection facilitating data quality assurance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10625/44070
Project Number: 101974
Project Title: Developer Network : Open Source Personal Digital Assistant Software for Health Data Collection
Access: IDRC Only
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