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Computer Kiosks, Free-Standing

  • By: Andy J. King
  • In: Encyclopedia of Health Communication
  • Edited by: Teresa L. Thompson
  • Subject:Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology, Health Communication

Free-standing computer kiosks are interactive health communication tools that can be used to accomplish a variety of research and intervention tasks in health communication research. Kiosk units are highly customizable, with software, hardware, enclosures, and interaction components (e.g., touch screen, keypad) often specifically built for individual project needs. Research with kiosks in health communication often includes some type of printing unit that provides users with additional information or feedback that can be taken away from the physical kiosk unit. An advantage of kiosks is the ability to present information through multiple modes (i.e., video, print, audio). Other examples of kiosks that people encounter in their day-to-day life are automated teller machines (ATMs), airline reservation/check-in stations, blood pressure monitoring stations in pharmacies, and self-check-out stations at ...

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