Geographic disparities in willingness to engage in mobile health information exchange
Purpose: This study explored the association between geographic location and willingness to exchange 9 different types of health information (HI) via mobile phones.
Methods: We analyzed the 2013 Health Information National Trends Survey (n=3165). Ordered logistic regression was used to examine willingness to exchange 9 different types of HI by urban/rural and regional location, controlling for other demographics.
Results: Preliminary results showed that rural residents were less willing to exchange appointment (OR=0.63, 95% CI=0.41-0.98) and medication reminders (OR=0.63, 95% CI=0.43-0.92), as well as lifestyle behaviors (OR=0.60, 95% CI=0.40-0.90) via mobile phone versus urban residents. West South Central region residents were less willing to exchange lifestyle behaviors (OR=0.53, 95% CI=0.31-0.92) and digital images/video (OR=0.59, 95% CI=0.40-0.98) versus Pacific region residents.
Conclusions: Findings suggest that there are geographic disparities in willingness to engage in mobile HIE. Those living in rural areas and in the West South Central (i.e., Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas) showed less willingness to use mobile phones for HIE. Future research should further examine mobile HIE use in at-risk health locations (e.g., rural south) to see if mobile interventions can improve health.
Learning Areas:Communication and informatics
Public health or related research
Describe the influences of geographic location on willingness to exchange different types of health information via mobile phones. Identify the prevalence of willingness to engage in mobile health information exchange in a population-based sample.
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in several federally funded projects related to health disparities. In my current role as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, I examine mobile health technology and its impacts on health behaviors and health disparities.
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