Quality of life assessment for low literacy Latinos: a new multimedia program for self-administration

J Oncol Manag. 2003 Sep-Oct;12(5):9-12.


Cancer patients who have limited literacy skills or English language proficiency are particularly vulnerable to receiving sub-optimal care. Outcome measurement in these patients may provide new insight into previously undetected problems. This report describes the development and testing of a Spanish language, multimedia program for quality of life (QOL) assessment. Pilot testing was conducted with 30 Latino cancer patients with a range of education levels and computer experience. Patients found the program easy to use and understand. The "Talking Touchscreen" is a practical, user-friendly method that provides greater opportunities to assess QOL in Spanish-speaking patients with a range of literacy skills.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer Literacy
  • Hispanic or Latino / education
  • Hispanic or Latino / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Language*
  • Neoplasms / ethnology*
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life*
  • Sickness Impact Profile*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards*
  • United States
  • User-Computer Interface