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Technol Health Care. 2012;20(6):521-5. doi: 10.3233/THC-2012-00702.

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

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University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, USA. taguirre@unmc.edu

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.

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23187017
DOI:
10.3233/THC-2012-00702
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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