Technology offers innovative and promising methods of delivering health messages to provide knowledge and potentially facilitate improved health behaviors. Theory was foundational to the development of a new intervention using a tailored Web site and a handheld computer. A performance usability study was conducted to determine if women could use this newly developed intervention delivered via a Web site and pocket computer accurately and in a timely manner in real-world settings. A convenience sample of 15 women between 35 and 55 years of age were observed as they used "Complete a Task" and "Talk Aloud" performance usability methods. Results identified several problems affecting the ability of participants to use the Web site and handheld computer.
Author Affiliations: Froedtert Hospital, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (Dr Ryan); Marquette University, New Media Center (Mr Pumilia and Henak); and Syslogic, Inc, Brookfield, WI (Ms Chang).
Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Gamma Chapter, and Marquette University Summer Faculty Fellowship have supported the development and testing of this intervention.
Disclaimer: Authors declare no conflict of interest.
Corresponding author: Polly Ryan, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201 (firstname.lastname@example.org).