Custom Data Collection System to Improve Health Disparity Research

An innovative web-based data collection platform used in public health research with multilingual older Chinese Americans and their family caregivers is the focus of a new article published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers at Rutgers developed the platform, which has been in use since 2011 for the PINE Study, or the Population Study of Chinese Elderly, a longitudinal cohort study of more than 3,000 Chinese Americans aged 60 years and older living in the Greater Chicago area. Using the innovative data collection system, we were able to collect community- and individual-level health data of Chinese older adults with culturally and linguistically appropriate measures, says XinQi Dong, director of Rutgers University's Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the lead researcher of the PINE Study.

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