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Policy initiatives of the late 1990s were believed to have largely eliminated the information “Digital Divide.” For healthcare consumers, access to information is an essential part of the consumer-centric framework outlined in the recently proposed national health information initiative. This study sought to examine how racial/ethnic characteristics are(More)
Public access Internet portals and decreasing costs of personal computers have created a growing consensus that unequal access to information, or a "digital divide," has largely disappeared for US consumers. A series of technology initiatives in the late 1990s were believed to have largely eliminated the divide. For healthcare patients, access to(More)
Familiarity with and use of computers is increasingly cited as a limiting factor related to the potential of the Internet as an effective healthcare resource for the elderly. This study sought to examine differences across age groups in their access to and use of computers and the Internet as a health information resource. We perform multivariate analysis(More)
The Internet is an oft-cited learning resource, useful to consumers who seek to educate themselves on specific technical issues or knowledge-intensive topics. Availability of public-access Internet portals and decreasing costs of personal computers have created a consensus that unequal access to information, or a "Digital Divide", presents a like problem(More)
The growing diversity of the online health information community is increasingly cited as a limiting factor related to the potential of the Internet as an effective health communication channel and information resource. Public-access Internet portals and decreasing costs of personal computers have created a consensus that unequal access to information, or a(More)
This exploratory technology assessment examines how educational characteristics of health information seekers are associated with access to computers, the Internet, and online health information. Specifically, we examine (1) if there exists significant variation across identified health technology user groups regarding access to online health information,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the extent to which health information seeking behaviors vary across genders or are differentially associated with access to computers, the Internet, and online health information. RESEARCH DESIGN Stratified survey, data analysis. METHODS Using binary logistic regression we examine information seeking differences between demographic(More)
This study investigated the effects of syntactic complexity on written sentence comprehension in compensated adults with dyslexia. Because working memory (WM) plays a key role in processing complex sentences, and individuals with dyslexia often demonstrate persistent deficits in WM, we hypothesized that individuals with dyslexia would perform more poorly on(More)
There is growing evidence of the use of the Internet to obtain critical health information as well as increased diversity of user groups. While users of web-based information often report their reliance on healthcare providers for validation of information, it has yet to be determined if this is universally true across all types of information or user(More)
Processing speed deficits along with phonological awareness deficits have been identified as risk factors for dyslexia. This study was designed to examine the behavioral profiles of two groups, a younger (6-8 years) and an older (10-15 years) group of dyslexic children for the purposes of (1) evaluating the degree to which phonological awareness and(More)
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