Navigation Links
Low-Income Patients Often Have Trouble Reaching Doctor Via Email
Date:3/1/2013

FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) -- Many low-income patients want to communicate electronically with their doctors but can't because the clinics they use generally do not offer such services, a new study finds.

An increasing number of health care systems provide online services to patients in order to manage care outside of office visits, and this includes enabling patients to communicate electronically with health care providers.

But this is not available to many poorer patients, according to the study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

The researchers surveyed more than 400 patients in six San Francisco Department of Public Health community clinics serving primarily uninsured and underinsured patients. Fifty-four percent of the patients said they use the Internet in their daily lives and 60 percent said they use email. Many also said they use text messaging.

Although 78 percent of the patients expressed interest in electronic communication with doctors and other health care providers, only 17 percent said email contact with health care providers was a part of their care, according to the study, which was released online recently in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

"Patients were largely in favor of using email technology for health, and agreed it would likely improve overall clinical communication and efficiency," lead author Dr. Adam Schickedanz said in a university news release.

"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," he said. "The question is whether they will be afforded the opportunities to take part in the same way as their middle- and higher-income peers."

A recent national study found that about 75 percent of patients were interested in electronic communication with health care providers, but there has been little research to measure interest among low-income patients, as they are less likely to have access to computers and the Internet, according to the study authors.

Future research should examine the preferences of a wide range of patients for allowing electronic communication with health care providers, including how to provide access for patients with various levels of language and literacy skills, the authors noted.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers tips for talking with your doctor.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, San Francisco, news release, Feb. 25, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Social ties have mixed impact on encouraging healthy behaviors in low-income areas
2. Low-Income Mothers May Overfeed Their Infants
3. Federally funded clinics for low-income patients as effective as private practices
4. Expanding Medicaid to low-income adults leads to improved health, fewer deaths
5. Seeing fewer older people in the street may lead low-income adults to fast-track their lives
6. Obesity may be declining among preschool-aged children living in low-income families
7. In minutes a day, low-income families can improve their kids health
8. Sesame Street Live's Super Grover Visits WHEDco in the South Bronx to Teach Low-Income Children What it Takes to be a Super Hero
9. Low-income pregnant women in rural areas experience high levels of stress, researcher says
10. Higher-spending hospitals have fewer deaths for emergency patients
11. Researchers uncover a viable way for colorectal cancer patients to overcome drug resistance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Low-Income Patients Often Have Trouble Reaching Doctor Via Email
(Date:6/27/2016)... Overland Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... leader in retailers of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United ... life, eyeglasses have become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... NC (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... Brent Kasmer, a legally blind and ... to be personalized through a fitness app. The fitness app plans to fix the two ... currently only offer a one size fits all type program , They don’t ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX ... Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over ... Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits ... terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps ... slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two significant new grants to support ... as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems Ltd. ... which develops, markets and sells medical devices and wearable ... signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply Chain ... Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s new ... cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s sales ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... According to a new market ... Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, 6mm, ... of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global Forecasts ... market for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. ... by 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, growing ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Tenn. , June 24, 2016  Arkis ... providing less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal fluid ... in funding.  The Series-A funding is led by ... Lighthouse Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, new ... neurosurgical instrumentation and the market release of its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: