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ThinkMind // GLOBAL HEALTH 2012, The First International Conference on Global Health Challenges // View article global_health_2012_3_40_50037


Heath Kiosks as an Equal Opportunity Resource for Better Health: A Systematic Review

Authors:
Ashish Joshi
Kate Trout

Keywords: Health kiosks; users; technology; acceptance.

Abstract:
Computerized health kiosk systems could be the key to improving public health among diverse populations around the world. The objective of our study is to examine the current utilization of health kiosks in various diverse settings. Further, the study aims to describe the various characteristics of the individuals using these health kiosks. A search was performed using a scientific database, Pubmed, to identify articles published during the period of January 2005 to January 2012 using the following keywords: “public health kiosk”, “public health kiosk rural”, and “public health kiosk urban”. A secondary search was also performed to include the articles that met the inclusion criteria. Results of our review show variations in the geographic patterns of users’ accessibility of kiosk locations. Health kiosk acceptance was high among Black Hispanics, people born outside of the United States, and users with no formal education past high school. High satisfaction was observed among low literacy users, individuals with no formal education, and low-income families. Older populations accessed kiosks at churches and health fairs. Users with no insurance most commonly accessed the kiosk at public libraries, followed by neighborhood health centers and Laundromats. The health kiosks have shown to be a useful medium of reducing health disparities by bridging the gap among users with varied characteristics. However, there is a need for further research to determine long-term impacts of health kiosks on the health outcomes of the populations in various settings.

Pages: 66 to 70

Copyright: Copyright (c) IARIA, 2012

Publication date: October 21, 2012

Published in: conference

ISSN: 2308-4553

ISBN: 978-1-61208-243-1

Location: Venice, Italy

Dates: from October 21, 2012 to October 26, 2012

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