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Perspect Health Inf Manag. 2012;9:1-13. Epub 2012 Oct 1.

The impact of health literacy on a patient's decision to adopt a personal health record.

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Health Informatics and Information Management Program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, USA.

Abstract

Health literacy is a concept that describes a patient's ability to understand materials provided by physicians or other providers. Several factors, including education level, income, and age, can influence health literacy. Research conducted at one medical practice in Florida indicated that in spite of the patients' relatively low education level, the majority indicated a broad acceptance of personal health record (PHR) technology. The key variable explaining patient willingness to adopt a PHR was the patient's health literacy as measured by the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS). Adoption and use rates may also depend on the availability of office staff for hands-on training as well as assistance with interpretation of medical information. It is hoped that technology barriers will disappear over time, and usefulness of the information will promote increased utilization of PHRs. Patient understanding of the information remains a challenge that must be overcome to realize the full potential of PHRs.

KEYWORDS:

electronic health records; health literacy; personal health records

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23209454
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PMC3510648
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