ERIC Number: EJ1063163
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Reference Count: 23
Rural Health Care Information Access and the Use of the Internet: Opportunity for University Extension
Das, Biswa R.; Leatherman, John C.; Bressers, Bonnie M.
Journal of Extension, v53 n2 Article 2RIB1 Apr 2015
The Internet has potential for improving health information delivery and strengthening connections between rural populations and local health service providers. An exploratory case study six rural health care markets in Kansas showed that about 70% of adults use the Internet, with substantial use for accessing health information. While there are statistical differences for general Internet use based on socio-economic characteristics, these "digital divides" are not so apparent in relation to Internet usage for health-related information. The study opens opportunities for Extension to include Internet usage as an added dimension to programs to aid in community and economic development.
Descriptors: Rural Education, Case Studies, Access to Health Care, Adults, Internet, Rural Areas, Socioeconomic Status, Access to Computers, Extension Education, Access to Information, Surveys, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Income, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas