Renal Transplantation and the Digital Divide: Does Information and Communication Technology Represent Another Barrier to Transplantation for African Americans?

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308418
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Renal Transplantation and the Digital Divide: Does Information and Communication Technology Represent Another Barrier to Transplantation for African Americans?
Author(s):
Lockwood, Mark B.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Mark B. Lockwood, MSN, RN, CCRC, (PhD student), mlockwoo@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu
Abstract:

Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013

Context: Barriers to renal transplantation for African Americans (AAs) are well documented in the literature.  There is little information describing information and communication technology (ICT) ownership and use in transplant populations.

Objective: The purpose of this study is to characterize racial differences related to ICT ownership and usage in renal transplant patients in an effort to identify potential barriers and opportunities to improve health-related communication.

Design: A single center, prospective survey study

Setting: An urban Midwestern transplant center

Participants: 78 pre- and 177 post-transplant patients

Main outcomes measures: The survey consisted of three disease-related questions, six demographic questions, and nine technology related questions.  Yes/No and Likert-type questions were the basis for the survey. 

Results: Subjects that self-identified as White were 3.2 times more likely to own a computer (p=0.03) and 8.5 times more likely to have access to the Internet (p<0.01) compared to those who self-identified as being AA; However, 80% of AA’s reported having access to computers and the Internet. Cellular phone usage was high in both groups (94% AAs vs. 90% White, p=0.22). Seventy-six percent of AAs and Seventy-four percent of Whites reported being “comfortable” sending and receiving text messages.

Conclusion: While statistically significant differences were shown in computer/Internet use, eighty percent of AAs reported having access to computers/ the Internet. The use of cellular phone technology and text messaging was ubiquitous across groups and could represent an opportunity to reach out to the AA community. Both AA’s and Whites reported being comfortable using their cellphone/text messaging.

Keywords:
disparities; transplantation; technology
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRenal Transplantation and the Digital Divide: Does Information and Communication Technology Represent Another Barrier to Transplantation for African Americans?en_GB
dc.contributor.authorLockwood, Mark B.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsMark B. Lockwood, MSN, RN, CCRC, (PhD student), mlockwoo@surgery.bsd.uchicago.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308418-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Monday, November 18, 2013</p><b>Context:</b> Barriers to renal transplantation for African Americans (AAs) are well documented in the literature.  There is little information describing information and communication technology (ICT) ownership and use in transplant populations. <p><b>Objective:</b> The purpose of this study is to characterize racial differences related to ICT ownership and usage in renal transplant patients in an effort to identify potential barriers and opportunities to improve health-related communication. <p><b>Design</b>: A single center, prospective survey study <p><b>Setting:</b> An urban Midwestern transplant center <p><b>Participants:</b> 78 pre- and 177 post-transplant patients <p><b>Main outcomes measures:</b> The survey consisted of three disease-related questions, six demographic questions, and nine technology related questions.  Yes/No and Likert-type questions were the basis for the survey.  <p><b>Results:</b> Subjects that self-identified as White were 3.2 times more likely to own a computer (p=0.03) and 8.5 times more likely to have access to the Internet (p<0.01) compared to those who self-identified as being AA; However, 80% of AA’s reported having access to computers and the Internet. Cellular phone usage was high in both groups (94% AAs vs. 90% White, p=0.22). Seventy-six percent of AAs and Seventy-four percent of Whites reported being “comfortable” sending and receiving text messages. <p><b>Conclusion:</b> While statistically significant differences were shown in computer/Internet use, eighty percent of AAs reported having access to computers/ the Internet. The use of cellular phone technology and text messaging was ubiquitous across groups and could represent an opportunity to reach out to the AA community. Both AA’s and Whites reported being comfortable using their cellphone/text messaging.en_GB
dc.subjectdisparitiesen_GB
dc.subjecttransplantationen_GB
dc.subjecttechnologyen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:31:04Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:31:04Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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