Relationship Between Health Service Use and Health Information Technology Use Among Older Adults: Analysis of the US National Health Interview Survey

Journal of Medical Internet Research, 05/06/2011

Choi N – Older–adult users of general health services were more likely to use health information technology (HIT) than nonusers of general health services, while older–adult users of specialized health services were not different from nonusers of specialized health services in their odds of HIT use. The findings have implications for narrowing the age–related and socioeconomic status–related gaps in HIT use. The access gaps among racial/ethnic minority older adults and poorly educated and/or low–income older adults are especially striking and call for concerted efforts to facilitate Internet access and HIT use among these disadvantaged older adults.

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