Understanding undergraduate students’ eHealth usage and views of the patient-provider relationship
Reyes, Michelle Anne; Vance-Chalcraft, Heather D.
eHealth has grown exponentially alongside technology and has become widely accessed by some populations, but little is documented about how undergraduate students use eHealth or perceive their eHealth literacy. As access to online information and non-traditional options for interacting with providers has increased, patient views of the provider-patient relationship may also be changing. This study evaluates how frequently undergraduates use eHealth, how they perceive their ability to use eHealth appropriately, and how they view their patient-provider relationships. A mixed methods approach was used to address the research questions, with quantitative data from a survey and qualitative data from follow-up interviews of twelve of the survey respondents. The survey was distributed to over 650 undergraduate students in introductory biology laboratory courses for students of all fields of interest at one university. Based on 527 survey responses and 12 interviews, students reported commonly using eHealth but being skeptical of telehealth appointments. Although students generally felt capable of finding and interpreting eHealth sources, they were not strongly confident in their ability to do so. Use of eHealth was not seen as altering the patient-provider relationship, but students expressed a desire for their physician to act more as a counselor or advisor than a guardian. Students from minority populations were more likely to use eHealth in comparison to their peers. In addition, student comfort with their provider differed by race and ethnicity, as well as whether they shared the same gender identity as their provider. This research highlights how undergraduate students, who are often making medical decisions for themselves for the first time as adults, access health information and view the patient-provider relationship differently than the traditional guardian or paternalistic model. In addition, having diverse, culturally competent medical providers are critical for students to develop the relationship with their provider that they desire.
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Reyes, Michelle Anne, & Vance-Chalcraft, Heather D.. (April 2022). Understanding undergraduate students’ eHealth usage and views of the patient-provider relationship. , (), - Chalcraft HD (2022) Understanding undergraduate students’ eHealth usage and views of the patient-provider relationship. PLoS ONE 17(4): e0266802. https:// doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0266802. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10342/10974
Reyes, Michelle Anne, and Vance-Chalcraft, Heather D.. "Understanding undergraduate students’ eHealth usage and views of the patient-provider relationship". . . (PLoS ONE 17(4): e0266802. https:// doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0266802), April 2022. December 10, 2023. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/10974.
Reyes, Michelle Anne and Vance-Chalcraft, Heather D., "Understanding undergraduate students’ eHealth usage and views of the patient-provider relationship," , no. (April 2022), http://hdl.handle.net/10342/10974 (accessed December 10, 2023).
Reyes, Michelle Anne, Vance-Chalcraft, Heather D.. Understanding undergraduate students’ eHealth usage and views of the patient-provider relationship. . April 2022; (): PLoS ONE 17(4): e0266802. https:// doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0266802. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/10974. Accessed December 10, 2023.