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

Lareen Newman, Francisco Lupiáñez-Villanueva

Abstract


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.


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The Journal of Community Informatics. ISSN: 1712-4441