Assessment of technology access and preference for health education of a rural Hispanic community

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Abstract

In the United States, Hispanic populations tend to have higher incidences of chronic disease such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, obesity and hyperlipidemias [1]. They are also more likely to be underinsured or uninsured than other populations [2]. The purpose of this descriptive technology assessment survey study was to determine computer and internet access, skill level and health education information preferences of a rural Hispanic (primarily Mexican-American) population in the United States. Among the sample, 81% of individuals who answered the survey had a computer and internet access in their home. Nineteen percent did not have computers or internet access in their homes. Compared to the average 54% home internet access found by the Pew Hispanic Research Center the rural convenience sample in this study had a high percentage of technology access. Recommendations include using multimedia to improve the health information accessability among Hispanic persons.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-525
Number of pages5
JournalTechnology and Health Care
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012

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Rural Population
Health Education
Hispanic Americans
Internet
Education
Health
Population
Multimedia
Medical problems
Hyperlipidemias
Health Status
Chronic Disease
Cardiovascular Diseases
Obesity
Hypertension
Technology
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Keywords

  • Hispanic
  • health information
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Information Systems
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics

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Assessment of technology access and preference for health education of a rural Hispanic community. / Aguirre, Trina; Wilhelm, Susan L; Joshi, Ashish.

In: Technology and Health Care, Vol. 20, No. 6, 01.12.2012, p. 521-525.

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