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Research Letter
January 2016

Association Between Clinician Computer Use and Communication With Patients in Safety-Net Clinics

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
  • 2UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco
  • 3Department of Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
  • 4VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, Oregon
  • 5John Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
  • 6Division of Rheumatology, UCSF
  • 7Institute for Health Policy Studies, UCSF
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(1):125-128. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6186

Safety-net clinics serve populations with limited proficiency in English and limited health literacy who experience communication barriers that contribute to disparities in care and health.1 Implementation of electronic health records in safety-net clinics may affect communication between patients and health care professionals.2 We studied associations between clinician computer use and communication with patients with diverse chronic diseases in safety-net clinics.

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