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Subjects with osteoarthritis can easily use a handheld touch screen electronic device to report medication use: qualitative results from a usability study

Authors Khurana L, Durand EM, Gary ST, Otero AV, Gerzon MC, Beck J, Hall C, Dallabrida SM

Received 12 August 2015

Accepted for publication 28 November 2015

Published 28 October 2016 Volume 2016:10 Pages 2171—2179


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

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Laura Khurana, Ellen M Durand, Sarah T Gary, Antonio V Otero, Millie C Gerzon, Jamie Beck, Chris Hall, Susan M Dallabrida

eResearch Technologies, Inc., Boston, MA, USA

Objectives: Electronic data capture is increasingly used to improve collection of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical trials and care. The validation of electronic patient-reported outcome devices requires information on patient preference and ease of use. This study conducted usability testing for a General Symptom Questionnaire and Medication Module™ on a handheld device for subjects with osteoarthritis (OA) to determine whether subjects can report on their symptoms and medication use using an electronic diary.
Methods: Nine subjects with OA participating in a large US mode equivalency study were surveyed independently in this study. Subjects completed a General Symptom Questionnaire and Medication Module™ using the LogPad® LW handheld device. Demographic and technology use information was collected, and the subjects were queried on device usability.
Results: Subjects reported that the handheld device was easy to use and that they were able to complete a General Symptom Questionnaire and Medication Module™ with little or no assistance. They did not report any issues with the screen or size of the device. Subjects were willing to travel with the device to complete electronic diaries at home or in public. Participants indicated that they would be able to use the handheld device to answer questions during a clinical trial. Subjects with OA experienced no physical discomfort during completion of either questionnaire.
Conclusion: The General Symptom Questionnaire and Medication Module™ were usable and acceptable to subjects with OA on a handheld device. This was consistent regardless of previous experience and confidence with technology, despite the potential physical restrictions for an OA cohort.

Keywords: ePRO, patient preference, eDiary, usability testing

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