With a growing list of new platforms, end-user acceptability is an evolving topic in point-of-care (POC) test development. Although technical reports of new experimental POC tests are common, it is rare to find reports that evaluate the end-user acceptability of such innovations. This work illustrates an example of bridging that gap by evaluating the end-user acceptability of an experimental POC test platform with novel technical features. A prototype smartphone-based sexually transmitted infection tests was evaluated by emergency department technicians, followed by a survey of acceptability factors. Our findings suggest that the end-user acceptability of some design features be implemented in the prototype.
From the *Department of Mechanical Engineering,
†Department of Medicine, Center for Point-of-Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases,
‡Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine,
§Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine,
∥Department of Biomedical Engineering, and
¶Institute for NanoBioTechnology, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
Reprints: Dong Jin Shin, PhD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 207 Clark Hall, 3400 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21218. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.