Demographic Differences in Telehealth Policy Outcomes

Demographic Differences in Telehealth Policy Outcomes

Mary Schmeida (The Cleveland Clinic, USA) and Ramona McNeal (University of Northern Iowa, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-988-5.ch093
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Abstract

This chapter is an analysis of demographic variables influencing policy outcomes with online health information searches in the general U.S. public. This study is based on The Internet and American Life Daily Tracking Survey, August 2006 from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Multivariate regression statistical technique is used to explore changes in individual level behavior following the search for online medical information. The data show individuals in most need of healthcare services (poor, less educated, and minority groups) and those with a recent demand for services, are more likely to make changes to improve their health after accessing online medical information.

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