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Exploring digital divides

Title: Exploring digital divides: An examination of eHealth technology use in health information seeking, communication and personal health information management in the USA.
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Name(s): Lustria, Mia, author
Smith, Scott, author
Hinnant, Charles, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
Physical Form: online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Recent government initiatives to deploy health information technology in the USA, coupled with a growing body of scholarly evidence linking online heath information and positive health-related behaviors, indicate a widespread belief that access to health information and health information technologies can help reduce healthcare inequalities. However, it is less clear whether the benefits of greater access to online health information and health information technologies is equitably distributed across population groups, particularly to those who are underserved. To examine this issue, this article employs the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) to investigate relationships between a variety of socio-economic variables and the use of the web-based technologies for health information seeking, personal health information management and patient-provider communication within the context of the USA. This study reveals interesting patterns in technology adoption, some of which are in line with previous studies, while others are less clear. Whether these patterns indicate early evidence of a narrowing divide in eHealth technology use across population groups as a result of the narrowing divide in Internet access and computer ownership warrants further exploration. In particular, the findings emphasize the need to explore differences in the use of eHealth tools by medically underserved and disadvantaged groups. In so doing, it will be important to explore other psychosocial variables, such as health literacy, that may be better predictors of health consumers' eHealth technology adoption.
Identifier: FSU_migr_slis_faculty_publications-0023 (IID), 10.1177/1460458211414843 (DOI)
Keywords: digital divide, health information seeking, health informatics, health information management, Internet, information and communication technology, technology adoption
Note: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in the Health Informatics Journal [2011] [copyright Sage]. Please do not distribute without the authors' permission. Citation: Lustria, M. L. A., Smith, S. A., & Hinnant, C. C. (2011). Exploring digital divides: An examination of eHealth technology use in health information seeking, communication and personal health information management in the USA. Health Informatics Journal, 17(3), 224-243. doi: 10.1177/1460458211414843
Citation: Lustria, M. L. A., Smith, S. A., & Hinnant, C. C. (2011). Exploring digital divides: An examination of eHealth technology use in health information seeking, communication and personal health information management in the USA. Health Informatics Journal, 17(3), 224-243. doi: 10.1177/1460458211414843
Subject(s): Communication and technology
Digital media
Communication in medicine
Information storage and retrieval systems -- Medical care
Information science
Library science
Links: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1460458211414843
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_slis_faculty_publications-0023
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: iSchool Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Health Informatics Journal.
Issue: 3, 17

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Lustria, M., Smith, S., & Hinnant, C. (2011). Exploring digital divides: An examination of eHealth technology use in health information seeking, communication and personal health information management in the USA. Health Informatics Journal. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1460458211414843