Handheld computers for survey and trial data collection in resource-poor settings : development and evaluation of PDACT, a Palm TM pilot interviewing system

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dc.contributor.author Seebregts, Christopher J.
dc.contributor.author Zwarenstein, Merrick
dc.contributor.author Mathews, Catherine
dc.contributor.author Fairall, Lara
dc.contributor.author Flisher, Alan J.
dc.contributor.author Seebregts, Clive
dc.contributor.author Mukoma, Wanjiru
dc.contributor.author Klepp, Knut-Inge
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-05T13:41:56Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-05T13:41:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10625/44070
dc.description.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. en
dc.format Text en
dc.format.extent 1 digital file (11 p. : ill.) en
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier Ireland, Shannon, County Clare, IE en
dc.relation.ispartof International journal of medical informatics, 2009 en
dc.subject INTERVIEWS en
dc.subject COMPUTER PROGRAMS en
dc.subject SOFTWARE ENGINEERING en
dc.subject INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY en
dc.subject HEALTH SERVICES en
dc.subject HEALTH SURVEYS en
dc.subject HEALTH STATISTICS en
dc.subject MOBILE DATA COLLECTION SYSTEM en
dc.subject PDA STRUCTURED MEDICAL RECORD FORM en
dc.title Handheld computers for survey and trial data collection in resource-poor settings : development and evaluation of PDACT, a Palm TM pilot interviewing system en
dc.type Journal Article (peer-reviewed) en
idrc.project.number 101974
idrc.dspace.access IDRC Only en
idrc.rims.adhocgroup IDRC SUPPORTED en


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