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Challenges of Using the Internet for Behavioral Research

LOESCHER, LOIS J. PhD, RN; HIBLER, ELIZABETH MPH; HISCOX, HEATHER MPH; HLA, HTAY BS, BA; HARRIS, ROBIN B. PhD, MPH

CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NCN.0b013e3181fc4153
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Abstract

Using the Internet in behavioral research remains a challenge. We developed a video intervention and conducted a pilot study that was designed to deliver and test the intervention via the Internet. One aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of using the Internet to both deliver the intervention and collect data from participants. This article summarizes procedures for delivering the intervention and survey via the Internet, obstacles encountered during delivery of the intervention and data collection, and lessons learned that can be applied to future research involving the Internet.

Author Information

Author Affiliations: College of Nursing (Dr Loescher) and College of Public Health (Ms Hibler, Mr Hla, and Dr Harris), The University of Arizona, and Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center (Mss Hiscox, Harris, and Loescher), Tucson.

This work was funded by a Laurence B. Emmons Award from The University of Arizona College of Nursing and from the Skin Cancer Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

Corresponding author: Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, The University of Arizona, PO Box 210103, Tucson, AZ 85721 (preferred contact method) (loescher@nursing.arizona.edu).

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.