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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2004 Jun;34(3):400-411. Korean. Original Article.
Jeong IS , Chen DH , Bae ES , Kim I , Choi EO .
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Korea.
Public Health Center of Suyoung Gu, Busan Metropolitan City, Korea.
Department of Multimedia Information, Dong-Pusan College, Korea.
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Inje University, Korea.

PURPOSE: This study was aimed to develop a computerized reminder system and evaluate it's effect in terms of percent age change of screening, and satisfaction. METHOD: It was conducted through 6 phases : Analyzing the job and defining the basic input data, developing the information system, collecting and inputting data, testing the system, working with the system, and evaluating it's effect. Participants were 787 people (female 30-69 years, and males 40-49 years) in 2 dong of Suyoung gu, Busan, who haven't had cancer screening for the stomach, breast, or cervix since Dec. 2000. There were three experimental groups: a letter; calling and calling after the letter reminder, and a non-equivalent control group. To determine whether services were obtained, a telephone survey was done after two months of follow-up. RESULT: A cancer screening information system with five DB modules was develped. Overall compliance with screening was not statistically significantly changedbefore and after applying computerized reminders for all three screening sites. Only 16% were satisfied with the reminder. CONCLUSION: This data didn't show that a reminder effort was effective of screening. However, because the evaluation interval was too short to find a difference in screening rate, we recommend additional longer prospective follow up studies.

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