Online electronic healthcare records: Comparing the views of cancer patients and others

Abstract
This study investigates differences in attitudes towards, and experiences with, online electronic health records between cancer patients and patients with other conditions, highlighting what is characteristic to cancer patients. A national patient survey on online access to electronic health records was conducted, where cancer patients were compared with all other respondents. Overall, 2587 patients completed the survey (response rate 0.61%). A total of 347 respondents (13.4%) indicated that they suffered from cancer. Results showed that cancer patients are less likely than other patients to use online electronic health records due to general interest (p<?0.001), but more likely for getting an overview of their health history (p?=?0.001) and to prepare for visits (p?<?0.001). Moreover, cancer patients rate benefits of accessing their electronic health records online higher than other patients and see larger positive effects regarding improved communication with and involvement in healthcare.
Year of Publication
2020
Journal
Health Informatics Journal
Volume
26
Number of Pages
2915-2929
Date Published
sep
ISSN Number
1460-4582
DOI
10.1177/1460458220944727
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