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I read in one of our dailies - the standard newspaper of 2nd Aug 2011, of a new way of offering counselling to participants using computers esp for embarassing questions that revolve around MSM (men having sex with men) by KEMRI in Kilifi. Am very interested in this now that am also involved in a similar project.

  • IreneK Irene 16 Sep 2011

    ACASI is a computer based self interview which allows forthe participants to answer sensitive questions about their lifestyles without feeling embarassed or judged. they listed to pre recorded questions and give their answers through a touch screen it is effective for both literate and illiterate participants as it is easy to use

  • caremacharia Stephen 16 Sep 2011

    Thanks Irene. How long do they take to finish the first session of the ACASI VS subsequent sessions, what is your recruitment criteria and finally, what is the obj of your research. Thanks so much for your replies.
    If you have questions for me, am happy to clarify.

  • I AM NOT SURE IF THIS WOULD STILL BE HELPFUL STEVE!BUT LET ME JUST SHARE... THE AUDIO COMPUTER ASSISTED SELF INTERVIEW QUESTIONNAIRES MAYBE LONG OR SHORT DEPENDING ON THE INTENDED QUESTIONS. MOST BEHAVIOURAL QUESTIONS ARE MODERATELY LONG THUS COULD TAKE SOME TIME TO COMPLETE. IF USED FOR EXIT INTERVIEWS COULD TAKE A SHORTER TIME. IN OUR STUDY, WE USED ACASI TO COLLECT BEHAVIOURAL DATA IN A PROSPECTIVE COHORT STUDY TO ESTIMATE INCIDENCE OF HIV SEROCONVERSION AND TO IDENTIFY DETERMINANTS OF SUCCESSFUL RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION IN PREPARATION FOR AN HIV PREVENTION TRIAL AMONG ADOLESCENTS AND ADULTS IN KISUMU, WESTERN KENYA. WE USED A MULTIFACETED STRATEGY TO RECRUIT PARTICIPANTS FROM A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS, INCLUDING BEACHES, MARKET CENTRES, LEARNING INSTITUTIONS, FORMAL AND INFORMAL COMMUNITY GROUPS, WORK BASED GROUPS, VCT CENTRES, STI CLINICS AND OTHER CLINICS WHERE HEALTHY ADULTS SEEK OTHER PREVENTIVE SERVICES AND OTHER VENUES LOCATED IN VILLAGES AND ESTATES OF KISUMU CATCHMENT AREA. THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY WAS TO 1. ESTIMATE THE ANNUAL INCIDENCE OF HIV AMONG ADULTS AND ADOLESCENTS IN KISUMU; 2. DETERMINE RATES OF PARTICIPANT ENROLMENT AND RETENTION, AND DESCRIBE SOCIO DEMOGRAPHIC AND BEHAVIOURAL FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH RETENTION; 3. IMPLENTTWO PARTICIPANT TRACKING STRATEGIES AND EVALUATE THE DIFFERENTIAL IMPACT ON OVERALL RETENTION; 4. DESCRIBE LONGITUDNAL CHANGES IN HIV RISK BEHAVIOUR DURING THE STUDY PERIOD.
    WHAT MORE WOULD YOU WANT TO KNOW?

  • caremacharia Stephen 4 Nov 2011

    Excellent Dan;
    1. What is the general view of your participants exposure to Computer VS those who aren't e.g. do those who don't receive care via the computer think their colleagues are getting 'better care?'
    2. Some of the challenges of in-cooperating ICT in the provision of medical care.

    Thanks again