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MCR: Open-Source Software to Automate Compilation of Health Study Report-Back

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Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany St., Boston, MA 02118, USA
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Abt Associates, Division of Health and the Environment, 6130 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, USA
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Department of Health Policy and Law, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany St., Boston, MA 02118, USA
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Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Academic Editor: Eunil Park
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(11), 6104; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116104
Received: 17 April 2021 / Revised: 23 May 2021 / Accepted: 2 June 2021 / Published: 5 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Air Pollution and Climate Change-Mediated Health Impacts)
Sharing individualized results with health study participants, a practice we and others refer to as “report-back,” ensures participant access to exposure and health information and may promote health equity. However, the practice of report-back and the content shared is often limited by the time-intensive process of personalizing reports. Software tools that automate creation of individualized reports have been built for specific studies, but are largely not open-source or broadly modifiable. We created an open-source and generalizable tool, called the Macro for the Compilation of Report-backs (MCR), to automate compilation of health study reports. We piloted MCR in two environmental exposure studies in Massachusetts, USA, and interviewed research team members (n = 7) about the impact of MCR on the report-back process. Researchers using MCR created more detailed reports than during manual report-back, including more individualized numerical, text, and graphical results. Using MCR, researchers saved time producing draft and final reports. Researchers also reported feeling more creative in the design process and more confident in report-back quality control. While MCR does not expedite the entire report-back process, we hope that this open-source tool reduces the barriers to personalizing health study reports, promotes more equitable access to individualized data, and advances self-determination among participants. View Full-Text
Keywords: report-back; health equity; community engagement; data sharing; software report-back; health equity; community engagement; data sharing; software
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Polka, E.; Childs, E.; Friedman, A.; Tomsho, K.S.; Claus Henn, B.; Scammell, M.K.; Milando, C.W. MCR: Open-Source Software to Automate Compilation of Health Study Report-Back. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 6104. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116104

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Polka E, Childs E, Friedman A, Tomsho KS, Claus Henn B, Scammell MK, Milando CW. MCR: Open-Source Software to Automate Compilation of Health Study Report-Back. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(11):6104. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116104

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Polka, Erin, Ellen Childs, Alexa Friedman, Kathryn S. Tomsho, Birgit Claus Henn, Madeleine K. Scammell, and Chad W. Milando 2021. "MCR: Open-Source Software to Automate Compilation of Health Study Report-Back" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 11: 6104. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116104

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