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Chronic disease, geographic location and socioeconomic disadvantage as obstacles to equitable access to e-health

Han, Jung Hoon, Sunderland, Naomi, Kendall, Elizabeth, Gudes, Ori, & Henniker, Garth (2010) Chronic disease, geographic location and socioeconomic disadvantage as obstacles to equitable access to e-health. Health Information Management Journal, 39(2), pp. 30-36.

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Abstract

Despite recent public attention to e-health as a solution to rising healthcare costs and an ageingpopulation, there have been relatively few studies examining the geographical pattern of e-health usage. This paper argues for an equitable approach to e-health and attention to the way in which e-health initiatives can produce locational health inequalities, particularly in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. In this paper, we use a case study to demonstrate geographical variation in Internet accessibility, Internet status and prevalence of chronic diseases within a small district. There are signifi cant disparities in access to health information within socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The most vulnerable people in these areas are likely to have limited availability of, or access to Internet healthcare resources. They are also more likely to have complex chronic diseases and, therefore, be in greatest need of these resources. This case study demonstrates the importance of an equitable approach to e-health information technologies and telecommunications infrastructure.

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ID Code: 38870
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Health Services Accessibility, Telecommunications, Socioeconomic Status, Geographic Factors, Chronic Disease, Access to Health Care
ISSN: 1833-3583
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Community Planning (120501)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2010 11:56
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2011 07:53

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