Show simple item record Cho, AH Arar, NH Edelman, DE Hartwell, PH Oddone, EZ Yancy, WS
dc.coverage.spatial United States 2011-04-15T16:46:42Z 2010-06
dc.identifier.citation Telemed J E Health, 2010, 16 (5), pp. 595 - 602
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: The Veterans Health Administration has developed My HealtheVet (MHV), a Web-based portal that links veterans to their care in the veteran affairs (VA) system. The objective of this study was to measure diabetic veterans' access to and use of the Internet, and their interest in using MHV to help manage their diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cross-sectional mailed survey of 201 patients with type 2 diabetes and hemoglobin A(1c) > 8.0% receiving primary care at any of five primary care clinic sites affiliated with a VA tertiary care facility. Main measures included Internet usage, access, and attitudes; computer skills; interest in using the Internet; awareness of and attitudes toward MHV; demographics; and socioeconomic status. RESULTS: A majority of respondents reported having access to the Internet at home. Nearly half of all respondents had searched online for information about diabetes, including some who did not have home Internet access. More than a third obtained "some" or "a lot" of their health-related information online. Forty-one percent reported being "very interested" in using MHV to help track their home blood glucose readings, a third of whom did not have home Internet access. Factors associated with being "very interested" were as follows: having access to the Internet at home (p < 0.001), "a lot/some" trust in the Internet as a source of health information (p = 0.002), lower age (p = 0.03), and some college (p = 0.04). Neither race (p = 0.44) nor income (p = 0.25) was significantly associated with interest in MHV. CONCLUSIONS: This study found that a diverse sample of older VA patients with sub-optimally controlled diabetes had a level of familiarity with and access to the Internet comparable to an age-matched national sample. In addition, there was a high degree of interest in using the Internet to help manage their diabetes.
dc.format.extent 595 - 602
dc.language eng
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartof Telemed J E Health
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1089/tmj.2009.0164
dc.subject Age Factors
dc.subject Aged
dc.subject Attitude to Computers
dc.subject Computer Literacy
dc.subject Consumer Health Information
dc.subject Cross-Sectional Studies
dc.subject Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
dc.subject Electronic Health Records
dc.subject Female
dc.subject Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
dc.subject Health Literacy
dc.subject Humans
dc.subject Internet
dc.subject Logistic Models
dc.subject Male
dc.subject Middle Aged
dc.subject Multivariate Analysis
dc.subject North Carolina
dc.subject Patient Participation
dc.subject Self Efficacy
dc.subject Surveys and Questionnaires
dc.subject Veterans
dc.title Do diabetic veterans use the Internet? Self-reported usage, skills, and interest in using My HealtheVet Web portal.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US 2010-6-0 en_US
duke.description.endpage 602 en_US
duke.description.issue 5 en_US
duke.description.startpage 595 en_US
duke.description.volume 16 en_US
dc.relation.journal Telemedicine Journal and E-Health en_US
pubs.issue 5
pubs.organisational-group /Duke
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Institutes and Provost's Academic Units
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Institutes and Provost's Academic Units/University Institutes and Centers
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/Institutes and Provost's Academic Units/University Institutes and Centers/Global Health Institute
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Clinical Science Departments/Medicine
pubs.organisational-group /Duke/School of Medicine/Clinical Science Departments/Medicine/Medicine, General Internal Medicine
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 16
dc.identifier.eissn 1556-3669

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