A conversational microcomputer-based health risk appraisal

John R. Raines, Lynda B Ellis

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We have developed a conversational microcomputer-based health risk appraisal program. This appraisal has been tested on over 200 users at 3 locations in urban and suburban Minneapolis. It was considered helpful by 92% of its users, and 25% stated that they would probably or definitely change a living habit based on its use. All 3 populations considered it comparably helpful, irrespective of their different age and sex distributions. A complex health appraisal, which was formerly assumed to require batch processing on a large computer, can be carried out on a small personal system in an interactive mode. Such a program is acceptable to users and has the potential to motivate change in risky behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)175-183
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Programs in Biomedicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1982


  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • Health risk appraisal
  • Patient education


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