Internet and Computer Access Disparities in Underserved Populations: A Literature Review

Author: LaSonya D. Knowles

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Masters thesis, The University of Texas School of Health Information Sciences at Houston.

Abstract:

Health information is a growing point of interest for healthcare professionals as well as the general public. The Internet has become a vessel for many to find healthcare information for various needs. A gap known as the “digital divide” exists between those with access to computers and Internet and those without access. Factors for this divide include income, education, age and race.1 We will examine these factors and identify the most recurring barriers and motivators for this divide.