In this study, we administered a pneumococcal immunizations survey to older adults, using paper and electronic forms. We assessed the ability of clinicians to collect and transmit research data electronically using handheld computers. We also obtained information regarding adult immunizations against pneumococcal disease, which will be used as baseline data for a planned future trial of methods to increase immunization rates.
We tested the following research hypotheses regarding data collection and
Our clinical objectives for the pneumococcal immunization study are:
This study was conducted from September 2001 through September 2003.
This project has been completed. See below for Key Findings and Publications.
“Survey Outcomes Obtained with Paper & Electronic Methods in PBRNs: The Pneumococcal Immunization Study in the AAFP NRN”. North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG), October 11, 2004, Orlando, FL.
Although handheld computers produced more complete data than paper forms for the returned surveys, they were not superior because of the large amount of missing data due to technical difficulties with the PDAs. Other hardware solutions such as tablet computers or cell phones linked via a wireless network directly to a website may be better electronic solutions for the future.
Access the complete manuscript:
A Comparison of Data Collection Outcomes Using Paper Forms vs. PDA Forms in an Office Based Patient Survey: A Study from the AAFP National Research Network. Galliher JM, Stewart TV, Pathak PK, et al. Ann Fam Med 6:154-160 (2008).
For additional information about this study, please contact:
AAFP National Research Network
This project was funded by a grant from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), (2 U01 HS011182 02).