The RITE Study
The RITE Study (Research via Internet of Technology and Experience) is a new, dedicated online cohort designed to optimize the conduct of pervasive computing health research, as well as frequently capture novel data in its own right.
The goals of The RITE Study are to:A. Better understand people’s health and health care preferences and behaviors
B. Discover how health care can be improved by collecting information over the Internet.
C. Identify the kinds of information and technologies people are interested in using as part of their health care.
Participation in the RITE Study happens completely by email. RITE participants fill out online basic health surveys every two weeks and online health care experience surveys every three months. As a participant of The RITE Study, you will also receive ongoing updates about the findings we discover and have opportunities to participate in even more studies that are specific to your health as they arise.
The RITE Program in Action
As an example of what The RITE Program can accomplish, we recently piloted an interactive questionnaire designed to rapidly address social communications in our participants. We needed to know not simply how many people owned mobile phones, but also where there is a land line and a cell phone, how a participant divides usage. The few existing surveys such as the Pew Internet and American Life surveys are not research focused or detailed enough to guide technology and user assessment protocol development. We designed and deployed an interactive survey (sample question below) that not only asked what type of phones are used, but presented images of phones (e.g. ‘flip’, ‘slide’) to facilitate responses. This was invaluable for our senior participants. We discovered a transition to more use of cellular and landline technology and a small but important minority using iOS platforms. In a separate survey of elderly residing in Section 8, low income housing we found a significant proportion of cellular use (51%) in this low-income community. A similar process will be needed for many projects planned going forward.