Usability Testing of an HPV Information Website for Parents and Adolescents

Randall Starling 1 *, Jessica A. Nodulman 2, Alberta S. Kong 1, Cosette M. Wheeler 1, David B. Buller 3, W. Gill Woodall 1

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Parents make the decisions regarding their children’s health care. Unfortunately, many parents are misinformed about HPV and HPV vaccines. In order to help parents make an informed decision regarding HPV vaccination for their daughter, the GoHealthyGirls website was created for parents and their adolescent daughters.Usability testing was conducted with members of the target population to refine the website prior to conducting an efficacy trial. Methods:Parents with girls (n=9) between the ages of 11-13 and 11-13 year old adolescents (n=10) were recruited for usability testing. The testing consisted of completing twelve scenarios where participants were asked to find specific information on the GoHealthyGirls site. This was followed by a self-administered system usability scale—to determine ease of use and functionality of the website—and a user satisfaction survey. Results: Both adult and adolescent participants were able to easily find the requested information and reported an increased positive opinion of HPV vaccines after visiting the website. Both groups of participants reported favorable evaluations of using the website. Conclusion: The GoHealthyGirls website has the potential to help parents of adolescent daughters make an informed decision about HPV vaccination. A large scale efficacy trial will determine its usefulness.


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Article Type: Research Article

Online Journal of Communication and Media Technologies, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp. 184-203

Published Online: 15 Oct 2015

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