In 2000–2001, investigators at the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at Miriam Hospital, in Providence, R.I., conducted a study to test the feasibility of using a point-of-care computer system to assess patient risk of smoking or physical inactivity and assist physicians with appropriate counseling.
Under this grant, researchers:
- Developed content on smoking and physical activity for a 10-minute computer program.
- Met with physicians and office staff to integrate use of the computerized system into the office routine.
- Installed a laptop and a printer for a one-month trial in 10 practices.
- Recruited 15 patients at each site to pretest the intervention system.
- Subsequently monitored patients' unprompted use of the computer system. A total of 150 patients used the program and completed exit interviews during routine care.
- Conducted exit meetings with each practice to discuss problems.