Studies show that seniors rarely go online for medical advice. These days it’s so easy to access information on the internet either by laptop or smartphone, it’s just one click away.
Senior citizens are the ones who need the most medical assistance in the United States. The internet is full of medical information and advice, yet seniors are less likely than any other adult to access this information.
Among the 7600 people around the age of 75 who participated in the study, only 16 percent went online to seek health-related information and just 8 percent said they had filled online prescriptions. Moreover, only 7 percent used the internet to seek help from their doctors, and 5 percent dealt with insurance-related problems on the web.
Taking everything into consideration, only 21 percent of the seniors that have completed the survey in 2011 have consulted the internet regarding these four health-related problems. By 2014, the authors of the study highlighted that there was a 4 percent increase of the figure, a small, yet significant growth.
It appears that some citizens were more likely to search the Internet for information than others, the study revealed.
Minorities were 50 percent less likely than whites to access the internet for medical advice.
Seniors that graduated college were seven times more likely to search the internet for medical advice than seniors that didn’t finish high school. Moreover, seniors who rated their health condition as “excellent” in the survey were also two times more likely to access the internet for health-related problems than seniors that mentioned in the survey that their medical condition is “poor.”
Americans 65 and older are the ones with the highest costs for health care. Communication through e-mail, for example, where doctors can remind them of flu shots, prescription refills or other vital information can prove to be very efficient for them. This is the reason why primary care offices now have websites where patients and doctors can discuss health-related aspects.
It seems that seniors prefer health workers that assist them in going to doctor appointments, understanding their treatment plans and make home calls to remind patients of vital information.
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