Online Health Information Access Among Asian Americans
Objective/Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify subpopulations among AAs, who may lack access to digital information based on their annual family income, years of education and age.
Methods: This study used a cross-sectional design and a convenience, quota sample. Participants were recruited through six community-based organizations and from five Asian subgroups. Participants were asked whether they had a computer at home and knew how to use it, as well as whether they used the Internet to obtain health information. Surveys were conducted in participants’ native language.
Results: 354 participants completed the survey. 46% had family income <$20,000/year, 36% had <9 years of education, and 74% were >50 years old. Overall, 77% had computer at home, 65% knew how to use it and 32% used the internet for health information. Participants whose family income <$20,000/year were less likely to have a computer at home (OR = 0.211), know how to use a computer (OR = 0.154) and use the Internet for health information (OR = 0.374). Participants who were >50 years old were also less likely to have a computer at home (OR = 0.181), know how to use a computer (OR = 0.124) and use the Internet for health information (OR = 0.269), so as participants who had <9 years of education (OR =0.262, OR = 0.146 and OR = 0.228, respectively).
Discussion: New interventions are needed to target underserved AA subpopulations and help them to gain access to digital information and develop information seeking skills.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Describe online health information access among Asian Americans. Identify one strategy that may address the disparities.
Keyword(s): Technology, Accessibility
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in multiple federally funded projects, especially in health disparities and Asian health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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