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Telemed J E Health. 2009 Jul-Aug;15(6):525-30. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2009.0152.

Pre-experience perceptions about telemedicine among African Americans and Latinos in South Central Los Angeles.

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  • 1Biomedical Research Center, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, California 90262, USA.


This study explores perceptions about telemedicine among urban underserved African American and Latino populations. Telemedicine has been advanced as a vehicle to increase access to specialty care among the urban underserved, yet little is known about its acceptability among these populations. We conducted 10 focus groups with African American and Latino participants (n = 87) in urban Los Angeles in order to explore perceptions about this novel type of care. We found that concerns about telemedicine varied between the two racial/ethnic groups. These findings have implications for important issues such as adoption of telemedicine, patient satisfaction, and doctor-patient interaction. It will be critical to consider perceptions of this healthcare innovation in the development of strategies to market and implement telemedicine among urban, underserved African American and Latino populations.

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