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Research Letter
August 27, 2020

Evaluation for Disparities in Experience With Internet-Based Health Care Among US Patients With Chronic Eye Diseases

Author Affiliations
  • 1John Moran Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 2Duke Eye Center, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • 3Center for Eye Policy & Innovation, Kellogg Eye Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 4Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
  • 5Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2020;138(10):1097-1099. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2020.3016

Because of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, ophthalmologists are being encouraged to deliver eye care using the internet with technologies such as patient portals and online visits.1 However, many patients with eye diseases may not have experience using the internet for health care activities. Individuals with lower sociodemographic status may have less experience using technology for health care.2 It is important for ophthalmologists to understand whether these disparities exist for patients with eye diseases and to what extent. The purposes of this study were to assess the proportion of US adults with self-reported eye disease who have experience using the internet for health care and to evaluate differences in their experience based on age, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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