Software and Questions
The PRO-Diary Software is used to configure questionnaires and to set-up and download results from the diary.
The diary presents the user with questions, either at specific times or when the wearer requests it, and logs their answers. 'Questions' are grouped together into 'Questionnaires', and a 'Schedule' instructs the diary when to offer each questionnaire to the wearer.
A 'Question' is the basic question presented to the wearer.
A 'Questionnaire' is a sequence of questions. It may, optionally, include more complicated instructions for skipping or jumping around in the sequence depending on the answers to some questions.
A 'Schedule' is a list of schedule entries, each with a time and day that tell the diary to do something at that time. These may prompt the user, or simply make available a user-requested questionnaire during a given period. They may also apply to 'every Tuesday' or 'every weekday' rather than a specific day.
Questionnaires and Question types
It is possible to configure eight different question types:
- Multiple choice
- Visual Analogue Scale (VAS)
- List choice
- Enter a time
- Enter a number
- Simple message
- Free Text
- Likert scale
Q. 'How well did you sleep last night?'
A. 'Very', 'Fairly well', 'Fairly badly' or 'Very badly'
Visual Analogue Scale Questions:
Q. 'Rate your sleep on from very good to very poor'
A. 'Very good' ------------- 'Very bad'
Q. 'Which do you find disturbs your sleep at night?'
Enter a Number
Q. 'What is your weight in kilograms?'
Enter a Time
Q. 'What time did you wake up this morning?'
A. select time
'Please remember not to drink any caffeine for at least 4 hours before going to bed.'
Q. 'How tired are you right now?' with the ability to type in any text as an answer.
Q. 'How sleepy are you right now on a scale of 1 -7 with 4 being neither tired nor awake?'
A. '7 point Likert scale from very awake to very tired.'
Downloading results from the PRO-Diary
One of the major advantages of the PRO-Diary over other methods of capturing subjective patient data is the ability to download data easily and avoid the need to transcribe results.
Once data collection is complete, simply plugging in the PRO-Diary to the computer using the supplied micro USB cable allows data to be downloaded to the results viewer. From here it can be exported to the clipboard for importing into any third party analysis program such as SAS or SPSS.