Avatar Web-Based Self-Report Survey System Technology for Public Health Research: Technical Outcome Results and Lessons Learned

Online J Public Health Inform. 2016 Sep 15;8(2):e189. doi: 10.5210/ojphi.v8i2.6719. eCollection 2016.


This paper reports on a specific Web-based self-report data collection system that was developed for a public health research study in the United States. Our focus is on technical outcome results and lessons learned that may be useful to other projects requiring such a solution. The system was accessible from any device that had a browser that supported HTML5. Report findings include: which hardware devices, Web browsers, and operating systems were used; the rate of survey completion; and key considerations for employing Web-based surveys in a clinical trial setting.

Keywords: Avatars; CASI; Clinical Trials; Electronic Data Collection; HTML5; Self-Report Data Collection; Smartphones; Web Browsers; Web-Based Survey.