Study: The Patients Least Likely to Use e-Health

Older, male Internet users with a lower socioeconomic status are the least likely to go online to find health information, communicate with a physician electronically, track their health online or engage in other e-Health activities, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers used data from the National Cancer Institute's 2012 Health Information National Trends Survey to compare e-health use with sociodemographic data.

Results showed e-health use to be correlated with higher socioeconomic status, including higher levels of education. Women and younger Internet users were also more likely to go online for their health needs.

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