Avatar Web-Based Self-Report Survey System Technology for Public Health Research: Technical Outcome Results and Lessons Learned

Craig Savel, Stan Mierzwa, Pamina M Gorbach, Samir Souidi, Michelle Lally, Gregory Zimet


This paper reports on a specific Web-based self-report data collection system that was developed for a public health research study in the United States. Our focus is on technical outcome results and lessons learned that may be useful to other projects requiring such a solution. The system was accessible from any device that had a browser that can support HTML5. Report findings include: which hardware devices, Web browsers, and operating systems were used, the rate of survey completion, and key considerations for employing Web-based surveys in a clinical trial setting. 

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/ojphi.v8i2.6719

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics * ISSN 1947-2579 * http://ojphi.org