Table 8

Summary of advantages and disadvantages of intervention formats
Delivery format Advantages Disadvantages
Clinician • Personal • Time required
• Information readily tailored to patient concerns or characteristics • Oral presentation related to limited learning
• Clinicians may not have therapeutic skills
• Interactive
• Opportunity for questions and follow-up
Information Kiosk • Information can be computer tailored • Less personal
• Interactive • Less clearly tailored
• Multimedia may enhance patient interest and understanding • Less opportunity for follow-up
• Requires less clinician time • Demands some computer skills
• Can provide more information in a longer intervention • Requires space and computer support
• Can provide therapeutic interventions for depression and substance abuse
Internet Based • Information can be computer tailored • Less personal
• Less clearly tailored
• Much less opportunity for follow-up questions
• Interactive
• Requires computer and high-speed Internet access
• Multimedia may enhance patient interest and understanding
• Requires less clinician time
• Can provide more information in a longer intervention
• Can provide therapeutic interventions for depression and substance abuse
• Can be available on demand at times when patients are available or motivated.

Ownby et al.

Ownby et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2013 13:29   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-13-29

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