Posted in #HCSM, Ehealth, Health Literacy, Public Health, Research Reports

Low-Income Patients Interested in Digital Health Communication

Many lower-income patients say they would like to communicate electronically with their health care providers but are unable to do so because of insufficient technology at the clinics where they receive care, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Medical News Today reports.

The study found that:

  • 78% of the study participants expressed interest in electronic communication with their health care providers (Martinez, “On Central,” KPCC, 2/27);
  • 60% said they use email;
  • 54% said they obtain information from the Internet; and
  • 17% said they already use email to communicate informally with their health care providers.

Adam Schickedanz — lead study author and medical resident at the UCSF Department of Pediatrics — said, “Our work makes it clear that lower-income patients from a wide variety of backgrounds want to be part of the health information technology revolution.” Schickedanz added, “The question is whether they will be afforded the opportunities to take part in the same way as their middle- and higher-income peers.”

Urmimala Sarkar — senior author and assistant professor of medicine with the UCSF Department of Medicine — said, “Electronic health-related communication is becoming the standard of care in well-resourced settings, and should be implemented and supported in resource-poor settings.”

The researchers recommended that future research examine preferences among diverse patient populations for electronically communicating with health care providers. They noted that such research might look at the benefits of tailoring existing communications systems to specific languages and literacy levels (Medical News Today, 2/27).

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Posted in Health Literacy

What do web-use skill differences imply for online health information searches?

See on Scoop.itHealth Care Social Media Monitor

‘Findings related to Web-use skills differences suggest two classes of interventions to facilitate access to good-quality online health information.

Challenges related to attitudes and technical skills should be remedied by improving people’s basic Web-use skills. In particular, Web users should be taught how to avoid information overload by generating specific search terms and to avoid low-quality information by requesting results from trusted websites only.

Problems related to discovery may be remedied by visually labeling search engine results according to quality criteria.’

J Med Internet Res 2012;14(3):e87
doi:10.2196/jmir.2051

See on www.jmir.org

Posted in E-Patient, Health Literacy

How do you feel? Inaccurate health info is readily available to those who aren’t fluent in search

‘If you consider yourself a discerning web surfer, how do you feel knowing inaccurate health information is so readily available to those who aren’t Google-fluent?

Have you ever headed that risk off at the pass by performing medical searches for your loved ones? How do you imagine your doctor would react?’

See on mashable.com

 

Posted in #HIT, E-Patient, Health Literacy

Health literacy in health information technology

Dominic Mack writes:

‘In the middle of “Health Information Technology” (HIT) is the word “Information”. Information for whom?

HIT is all about information about the patient for the patient. The patient must be able to understand to a certain degree what is happening with their health in order to participate in their well being. Studies have shown that patients teaching patients in the community result in better retention of information than a health professional teaching a patient. This model is effective because of the cultural relationship and sensitivity which leads to a better understanding among the learners.

We should ask ourselves: if our patients are leaving our practices with little understanding of their illnesses, how does all this technology change things? The patient centered approach is more than giving an on time appointment, wowing the consumer with technology, and having them feel good walking out the door.’

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Posted in E-Patient, Health Literacy, Uncategorized

What do web-use skill differences imply for online health information searches?

‘Findings related to Web-use skills differences suggest two classes of interventions to facilitate access to good-quality online health information.

Challenges related to attitudes and technical skills should be remedied by improving people’s basic Web-use skills. In particular, Web users should be taught how to avoid information overload by generating specific search terms and to avoid low-quality information by requesting results from trusted websites only.

Problems related to discovery may be remedied by visually labeling search engine results according to quality criteria.’

J Med Internet Res 2012;14(3):e87
doi:10.2196/jmir.2051

See on www.jmir.org