Feasibility of an artificially intelligent vaccines chatbot in Pakistan: A mixed methods evaluation

ConclusionsOur results demonstrate the feasibility and acceptability of local-language NLP chatbots in providing immunization information. Text-based chatbots can minimize workload on helpline operators, in addition to quickly resolving queries that otherwise lead to delay or default. Bablibot's conversation data provides learning infrastructure for future health-related bots.Key messagesAn AI-based NLP chatbot is a feasible and acceptable intervention for providing immunization-related information to large number of caregivers 24/7 in limited resource setting.By serving as a remote, low-cost and confidential bi-directional channel, chatbots can address gaps in information access, especially for women, and have long term impact on immunization uptake.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research

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