A Framework to Research the Social Determinants of ICTs for E-Health

  • Lareen Newman Flinders University of South Australia
  • Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva
Keywords: Access, digital divide, social determinants of health


This article discusses the challenges of combining significantly different methodological approaches to investigate citizens' access to e-health.  Although e-health has continued to expand around the globe, emerging evidence is that if not managed carefully, e-health will further exacerbate health inequities. We argue that, to guide further research to better understand the digital divide's impact on e-health access, we need to better understand both the quantitative relationships between and the qualitative explanations for ICT use and e-health access, ie the social determinants of ICTs for e-health.

Author Biography

Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva
Associate Professor, Information and Communication Sciences Department, Applied Social Science and Behavioral Economics Research Group, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Email: flupianez@uoc.edu
How to Cite
Newman, L., & Lupiáñez-Villanueva, F. (2015). A Framework to Research the Social Determinants of ICTs for E-Health. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(3). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/article/view/1183