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Citizens and personal health records - the case of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Authors
  • Pottas, Dalenca
  • Mostert-Phipps, Nicky
Type
Published Article
Journal
Studies in health technology and informatics
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
192
Pages
501–504
Identifiers
PMID: 23920605
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper explores citizen attitudes towards personal health records. The study was conducted in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. A cross-sectional design was used and structured questionnaires administered by data collectors. Most respondents (90%) believed it to be important to extremely important for their healthcare provider to have their complete medical records. Less than half of them (42%), however, believed that the healthcare provider did have their complete medical record available to them. Nevertheless, 69% do not keep a medical record as a way to address this concern. Most of them (84%) were not aware of the existence of electronic tools to capture a personal health record prior to participating in the survey. Concerns relating to the use of online PHRs were identified as privacy (58%), lack of time (27%) and a disinterest in computers (22%). It was found that the existence of a medical chronic condition is a strong predictor of keeping a medical record (albeit mostly in paper-based format).

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