Online Interactive System Helps Lower Women’s Health Risks Before Pregnancy, AHRQ-Funded Study Finds
African-American women who interacted with an online “conversational agent” to discuss health risks before becoming pregnant had significantly lower risks than women who didn’t use the system, according to results of a new AHRQ-funded study. The “Gabby System” was developed to help young (ages 18-34), college-attending African American women identify and learn about preconception health risks and get information about behavior change. Women who interacted with Gabby over a six-month period through biweekly emails with links to information had a higher proportion (28 percent vs. 21 percent) and a greater average number (8.3 vs. 5.5) of risks that were resolved compared with women who did not interact with Gabby. Interactions included a greeting from Gabby, a review of identified health risks, a discussion of risks selected by women and a review and update of their health to-do list. The most common content area requested by participants was nutrition and activity, followed by infectious disease, environmental issues and immunization and vaccines. The Gabby system holds promise for improving access to the primary and preventive care assessments that women need to prepare for pregnancy, study authors concluded. “Reducing Preconception Risks Among African American Women With Conversational Agent Technology” and abstract were published in the July/August issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Jul-Aug;28(4):441-51. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2015.04.140327.
Reducing Preconception Risks Among African American Women with Conversational Agent Technology.
Jack B1, Bickmore T2, Hempstead M2, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L2, Sadikova E2, Mitchell S2, Gardiner P2, Adigun F2, Penti B2, Schulman D2, Damus K2.
© Copyright 2015 by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Health Care Disparities; Health Information Technology; Health Promotion; Preconception Care; Reproductive Health
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