The ED (Electronic Diary) is a Palm Pilot that contains a special program for this study. The ED "beeps" participants randomly 5 - 7 times throughout the day, prompting them to complete a short interview on the ED about their mood, cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug use, activities, and surroundings.
This project involves a 30-minute training session followed by 7 days of carrying the ED, and a 30-minute follow-up interview at the end of the week. While carrying the ED, participants will: answer questions when prompted and initiate entries when appropriate. Participants will meet with research staff at our UIC research office, a college/university location, or a community center. If you move away from Chicago after the first year, we will conduct these sessions over the phone and mail the ED to you.
Some participants will be asked to carry the ED for a one-week period now, and for an additional one-week period a year from now. We may ask you to complete a third week with the ED, approximately 2 years from now.
Yes, the ED will beep you doing your daily activities. If you are unable to respond, such as driving, taking a test, or during work that may not allow you to answer, the ED can be “suspended” for up to 3 hours at a time. During this “suspend,” the ED will not beep. The suspend function can also be used during other important events such as: religious ceremonies, team competitions, meetings, etc. Interviews can also be delayed if you are beeped at an inconvenient time.
Yes. You will receive a cash incentive for successfully completing your week-long interaction with ED, completing the training and the end-of-week interview, and returning the device.
No. We do ask participants to keep the ED with them at all times in order to hear the beeps, respond to interviews, and minimize the likelihood of losing or misplacing the ED. However if the ED is lost or breaks during the time that a participant has the ED, then we ask that they notify the research team immediately at our toll-free hotline (866-413-8824).back to top
If you move away from Chicago after the first year with no plans to return during the year, we will conduct the interview sessions over the phone and mail the ED to you. Upon return of the ED and successful completion of the prompts, we will mail you your check.