Title: Can patient portals reduce health disparities? A perspective from asthma.
Authors: Apter, Andrea J
Published In Ann Am Thorac Soc, (2014 May)
Abstract: Much asthma research directed at achieving health equity is focused on patient education for self-management. Although adults are more likely to die from asthma, most studies target children. With the advent of the electronic health record, patient portals potentially offer adult patients as well as children and their caretakers a resource for disease management education, facilitating communication with health care providers and improving patient access to health care. However, difficult, limited, or inconvenient access to these patient portals could increase health disparities, whereas features such as accompanying audio platforms, the use of multimedia, and the ability to communicate across language barriers and educational levels potentially could improve communication and reduce differences in health outcomes.
PubMed ID: 24640983
MeSH Terms: Adult; Aged; Asthma/therapy*; Communication; Disease Management; Electronic Health Records*; Female; Health Literacy; Health Records, Personal*; Health Services Accessibility; Health Status Disparities*; Healthcare Disparities*; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Patient Education as Topic; Self Care; Young Adult