COMPUTERIZED INTERACTIVE TELEPHONE FOR HEALTH PROMOTION

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 13918
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Behavioral Health Systems Inc
109 Croton Ave, Po Box 547, Ossining, NY, 10562
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Sid J Schneider
 (914) 762-6098
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS PROJECT IS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM THAT IS OFFERED ON AN INTERACTIVE, COMPUTERIZED TELEPHONE SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM IS CONVENIENT ENOUGH TO REACH INDIVIDUALS WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM STRESS REDUCTION TREATMENT, BUT ARE UNWILLING OR UNABLE TO ATTEND FACE-TO-FACE TREATMENTS. THE SYSTEM IS AVAILABLE 24 HOURS DAILY, ANY PLACE A TOUCH-TONE TELEPHONE IS AVAILABLE. IT "SPEAKS" TO CALLERS USING DIGITIZED SPEECH. CALLERS REPLY USING THE TOUCH-TONE KEY PAD. THE SYSTEM TAILORS TREATMENT SPECIFICALLY TO EACH USER, BASED ON THE REPLIES THAT THE USER HAS ENTERED IN PAST CALLS. PARTICIPANTS CAN BEGIN TREATMENT WHENEVER THEY ARE READY, ACCESS THE SYSTEM WHEN THEY ARE MOST RECEPTIVE TO IT, AND STAY IN TREATMENT FOR AS LONG AS THEY WISH. THE SYSTEM REQUIRES LITTLE PROFESSIONAL TIME TO REACH A VERY LARGE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS. THE PHASE I PERIOD WILL BE USED TO DETERMINE WHAT FEATURES OF A COMPUTERIZED STRESS REDUCTION PROGRAM MAXIMIZE USER PARTICIPATION AND SATISFACTION. PHASE I RESEARCH WILL MEASURE THE EFFECT OF BEHAVIORAL ASSIGNMENTS, SUPPORTIVE COMMENTS, AND CONTROL OVER THE DIRECTION OF THE PROGRAM UPON THE USERS' SATISFACTION AND CONTINUED USE OF THE SYSTEM.

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