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Predictors of patient portal use among community-dwelling older adults

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posted on 07.01.2022, 20:29 by Maan Isabella CajitaMaan Isabella Cajita, ML Nilsen, T Irizarry, JA Callan, SR Beach, E Swartwout, LP Mecca, R Schulz, A Devito Dabbs
Older adults lag behind their younger counterparts in the use of patient portals, which may limit their ability to engage in health care. A better understanding of the factors associated with portal use among older adults is needed. We examined the proportion of 100 community-dwelling older adults who reported using a portal, the associations between sociobehavioral factors and portal use, and modeled predictors of portal use. Of the 52% who reported using a portal, 28% used the portal on their own, and 24% received assistance from others or had others access the portal on their behalf. After controlling for confounders, only marital status was significantly associated with any portal use. Marital status and patient activation were significantly associated with independent portal use. Further exploration is war-ranted to identify additional factors and the possible mechanisms underlying portal use by older adults.



Cajita, M. I., Nilsen, M. L., Irizarry, T., Callan, J. A., Beach, S. R., Swartwout, E., Mecca, L. P., Schulz, R.Devito Dabbs, A. (2021). Predictors of patient portal use among community-dwelling older adults. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 14(1), 33-42.







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