Jeungok Choi

Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Jeungok Choi, RN, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Nursing (SON). She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Tufts University with concentrations in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and a PhD in Nursing Boston College.  She also had a postdoctoral research fellow training in Nursing and Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University School of Nursing sponsored by Reducing Health Disparities through Informatics Research Training Program (NINR T32NR07969).

Through her entire research career, she has been seeking for ways to improve healthcare communication for those with low literacy skills. Her approach is that appropriate pictographs (simple line drawings showing explicit healthcare actions to be taken) in addition to simplified text can improve learner’s cognitive learning process and enhance his/her engagement in deeper understanding. Her research has especially focused on tablet/web-based, pictograph-enhanced healthcare instructions for low-literate older adults with hip replacement surgery. She has completed several pilot studies about healthcare instructions for immigrant women (funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure) and older adults with hip replacement surgery (funded by Healey Endowment Grant University of Massachusetts). She has just finished two projects: development of web-based, pictograph-enhanced discharge instructions for low literate older adults (funded by American Nurses Foundation Association of Rehabilitation Nurses); and examination of  the effect of  these Web-based instructions on comprehension and recall, adherence to discharge instructions, and health outcomes (complications, admission to ER, readmission to hospital) using an experimental posttest repeated-measures design (funded  by Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc.). Her publications have foci related to pictographs, web/tablet-based education, informatics competency assessment, and healthcare terminology.

At the University of Massachusetts, she has been involved in developing and teaching core DNP courses: Informatics for Nursing Practice, Intermediate Biostatistics, and Research Methodology in Nursing. She has advised many DNP students in their capstone projects. She is an academically and clinically trained statistical consultant through mentored consultation training and teaching experience. She was a recipient of 2011 College Outstanding Teacher by the School of Nursing University of Massachusetts.

Recent Publications:

  • Jacelon, C., & Choi, J (2014). Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Jacelon Attributed Dignity Scale. Journal of Advanced Nursing,70(9), 2149-61. doi: 10.1111/jan.12372. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Choi, J., Choi, J., & Kim H. (2014). Nurses’ interpretation of patient status descriptions on the Braden scale.  Clinical Nursing Research. 23(3), 335 - 345. Doi:10.1177/1054773813486477
  • Choi, J. & Zucker, D. (2013). Self-assessment of nursing informatics competencies for Doctor of Nursing Practice students. Journal of Professional Nursing, 29(6), 381-387.
  • Moussa, M., Sherrod, D & Choi, J (2013). E-health intervention for increasing diabetes knowledge in African Americans with diabetes. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 19 (Suppl. 3), 36-43.
  • Choi, J. (2013).  Improving discharge education using pictographs. Rehabilitation Nursing, 38(5), 240-246. doi: 10.1002/rnj.101.
  • Choi, J., & Bakken, S (2013). Validation of the self-assessment of nursing informatics competencies scale among undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Journal of Nursing Education, 52(5), 275-82. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20130412-01. Epub 2013 Apr 12. PMCID: PMC1174886
  • Choi, J (2013). Older Adults’ perception of pictograph-based discharge instructions after hip-replacement surgery. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 39(7), 48-54.
  • Choi, J. & DeMartinis, E.J (2013). Nursing informatics competencies: Assessment of undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22, 1970–1976, doi: 10.1111/jocn.12188
  •  Choi, J. (2012). Development and pilot test of pictograph-enhanced breast healthcare instructions for community-residing immigrant women. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 18(4), 373–378.
  • Moussa, M., Sherrod, D., & Choi, J. (2012) Use of E-health to improve health literacy and decrease health disparities among diabetic African Americans.  Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity, 5(1). 739-46.
  • Choi, J.  (June 2012). Comparative assessment of informatics competencies in three undergraduate programs. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), vol. 16 (2), Available at 1700
  • Zucker, D.M., Choi, J. & Gallagher, E. R. (2011). Mobile outreach strategies for screening hepatitis and HIV in high risk populations. Public Health Nursing, 29(1), 27-35. e-pub.  doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2011.00970.x
  • Choi, J. (2011).  Pictograph-based discharge instructions for low-literate older adults after hip replacement surgery: development and validation. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 37(11), 47-56. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20110706-03.
  • Choi, J. (2011). Literature review: using pictographs in discharge instructions for older adults with low-literacy skills. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(21-22),  2984-96. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2011.03814.x.
  • Choi, J., & Fucile, JM. (2011). Power up your staffing model with patient acuity.  Nursing Management, 42 (9), 40-43.
  • Choi, J., & Bakken, S. (2010). Web-based education for low-literate parents in neonatal intensive care unit: Development of a website and heuristic evaluation and usability testing. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 79, 565–575. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2010.05.001 PMCID: PMC2956000
  •  Choi, J., Jenkins, M.L., Cimino, J.J., White, T.M., & Bakken, S. (2005). Toward semantic interoperability in home health care:  Formally representing OASIS items for integration into a concept-oriented terminology. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 12 (4), 410-417. PMCID: PMC1174886
  • Choi, J., Bakken, S., Larson, E., Du, Y., & Stone, P.W. (2004). Perceived nursing work environment of critical care nurses. Nursing Research, 53(6), 370-8. PMID: 15586133

Keywords: pictographs, web/tablet-based healthcare communication, older adults with low literacy skills, discharge instruction after hip replacement surgery, informatics competency assessment,