Internet, web-based communications technology can extend cancer
prevention communications to rural populations at a much higher level than ever
before. While access to this technology is not universal, its effectiveness
should be tested now to provide guidance in designing effective web-based
communications for this population. A two-phase project is proposed by
investigators from the AMC Cancer Research Center, the University of New
Mexico, La Plaza Telecommunity Foundation, and Colorado State University, that
will (a) identify the most effective means for promoting adoption of
computer/internet technology, (b) author a user-friendly,
culturally-appropriate web-based nutrition education program advocating
increased consumption of fruits and vegetables to prevent cancer, consistent
with NCI's 5 A Day for Better Health Program, and (c) test its effectiveness
with the multicultural adult residents of six rural and frontier counties in
southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. In Phase I, the web-based program
will be authored. Five feasibility studies on critical aspects of computer
adoption and multimedia design will be conducted to secure public access
computer sites for nonusers, develop selection criteria for lay outreach
recruiters, identify successful computer training methods and new user
environments, and design user-friendly multimedia interfaces and nutrition
education messages. Phase II will contain a randomized, controlled pretest,
posttest trial comparing the web-based nutrition education program with a no
treatment control condition. Lay outreach recruiters will contact and enroll in
the trial adults residents, half of whom are experienced using personal
computers and the internet and half of whom have no experience using computers
and the internet. Outreach recruiters will conduct the pretest and demonstrate
the first module in the web-based nutrition education program. Nonusers will be
trained to use computers/internet at public access computer sites throughout
the study region by the outreach recruiters and La Plaza staff. Adults will
access the web-based program through AMC's web server and La Plaza's local
community web server, over six months. They will be posttested by telephone by
AMC's Computer-assisted Telephone Interviewing Core. Adults in the control
condition will be wait-listed for the intervention, which will be available
after they complete the posttest.
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