The first of CRE HiPP’s Brokering Innovation Through Evidence (BITE) summaries is now online.
These short, two-page, high-level research overviews will be added regularly to the website’s Knowledge Synthesis Hub, as a means of sharing a quick snippet of research relevant to our CRE’s focus of preconception and pregnancy lifestyle health.
The first BITE explores the efficacy of a computer-generated health professional for providing preconception health advice to women.
Led by Associate Professor Jacqui Boyle with Dr Ruth Walker, the study tested the computer-generated health professional “Gabby” on a focus group of 31 women aged 18-43 from a range of cultural backgrounds.
Participants reported finding “Gabby” an acceptable source of preconception health information and they considered her to be a trustworthy source of advice, building rapport with her over their interactions. Participants also had a range of suggestions for improving the acceptability of the current Gabby system.
Assoc. Prof Boyle said the study showed women have high expectations of the information technology they select to support their health and that those who develop information technology for health need to be responsive to meet the needs and preferences of their target audience.
Visit our Knowledge Synthesis Hub to download our first BITE, “Can a computer-generated health professional provide women with preconception health advice?”Back