Web-based, mobile-device friendly, self-report survey system incorporating avatars and gaming console techniques

Craig Savel, Stan Mierzwa, Pamina Gorbach, Michelle Lally, Gregory Zimet, Kristin Meyer, Samir Souidi

Abstract


We describe building an avatar-based self-report data collection tool to be used for a specific HIV prevention research project that is evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of this novel approach to collect self-reported data among youth.  We discuss the gathering of requirements, the process of building a prototype of the envisioned system, and the lessons learned during the development of the solution.  Specific knowledge is shared regarding technical experience with software development technologies and possible avenues for changes that could be considered if such a self-report survey system is used again. Examples of other gaming and avatar technology systems are included to provide further background.

 


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v6i2.5347



Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 * http://ojphi.org