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Validation of the iClicker Electronic Response System in Early Grade School Children FREE TO VIEW

Saherish Surani; Sean Hesselbacher, MD; Zoya Surani; Sara Surani; Lauren Quisenberry, BS; Salim Surani, MD
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Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX

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Chest. 2016;149(4_S):A232. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.02.241
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SESSION TITLE: Education and Quality Improvement

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

PURPOSE: The prevalence of childhood obesity is rapidly increasing, and has consequences for asthma, sleep apnea, and a number of other long-term health implications. We aimed to gather baseline information about health habits from children in kindergarten and first grade (typically age 5-7 years) using a simple questionnaire and the iClicker electronic response system. The electronic response system was favored in an attempt to reduce costs, and minimize the opportunities for assistance from teachers and other students; however, the iClicker tool had not been validated in this age group.

METHODS: The entire kindergarten and first grade classes at a local elementary school completed a 32-item questionnaire, covering healthy food choices, exercise, and basic diabetes knowledge. The questionnaires were completed using the iClicker classroom response system (MPS, Gordonsville, VA). The first 5 items of the questionnaire were designed to test the baseline validity of the response system, and included questions about gender, grade level, type of school, location, and the year. The students then completed the questionnaire in an identical manner 5 days later without specific intervention/education.

RESULTS: The questionnaire was at least partially completed by 75 kindergarteners and 66 first graders. Both kindergarteners and first graders answered the questions, “what city do you live in?” and “what grade level are you in?” correctly >80% in both instances, with >85% test-retest agreement; the question on gender generated 90% agreement when repeated. First graders answered the questions, “what year are we in?” and “what kind of school do you do to?” correctly ≥70% of the time, with 75% agreement when retested; kindergarteners did not perform as well on these questions. Overall, kindergarteners averaged 74% correct answers and 75% agreement; first graders averaged 81% correct and 80% agreement.

CONCLUSIONS: The iClicker is a valid tool for obtaining questionnaire responses from early grade school children.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: This audience response technology can be used effectively to improve educational activities in promoting health.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Saherish Surani, Sean Hesselbacher, Zoya Surani, Sara Surani, Lauren Quisenberry, Salim Surani

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