Is audio computer-assisted self-interviewing a feasible method of surveying in Zimbabwe? (PDF)
van de Wijgert,Janneke; Padian,Nancy F.; Shiboski,Stephen; Turner,Charles
International Journal of Epidemiology 29(5): 885-890
Publication date: 2000
Research into reproductive health is dependent onparticipants accurately reporting sensitive behaviours. We examinedwhether audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI), whichincreased sensitive behaviour reporting in the US, is a feasiblemethod of surveying in developing countries.
Zimbabwean women in three educational groups were surveyedabout demographics and family planning using interviewer andACASI modes. An exit survey was administered to elicit informationabout the participants' opinions and experiences using ACASI.
The majority of women (86%) preferred ACASI to interviewermode. The reasons mentioned were always related to increasedconfidentiality and privacy. Ability to use ACASI and user preferencesvaried with educational level. More women with primary schoolor less education (53%) reported problems with computer usethan women in the higher educational groups (10-12%).The percentage of women having perfect response concordancebetween ACASI and interviewer modes increased significantlywith education (64%, 81%, and 84% respectively; P <0.001).
Use of ACASI may be more feasible in Zimbabwe andother developing countries than was originally thought, butACASI programs should continue to be improved and tested invarious countries and population groups.