Opportunities for engaging low-income, vulnerable populations in health care: A systematic review of homeless persons' access to and use of information technologies

D. Keith McInnes, Alice E. Li, Timothy P. Hogan

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Abstract

We systematically reviewed the health and social science literature on access to and use of information technologies by homeless persons by searching 5 bibliographic databases. Articles were included if they were in English, represented original research, appeared in peer-reviewed publications, and addressed our research questions. Sixteen articles met our inclusion criteria. We found that mobile phone ownership ranged from 44% to 62%; computer ownership, from 24% to 40%; computer access and use, from47%to 55%; and Internet use, from 19% to 84%. Homeless persons used technologies for a range of purposes, some of whichwere health related. Many homeless persons had access to information technologies, suggesting possible health benefits to developing programs that link homeless persons to health care through mobile phones and the Internet.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e11-e24
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume103
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Homeless Persons
Access to Information
Vulnerable Populations
Poverty
Technology
Delivery of Health Care
Cell Phones
Ownership
Internet
Bibliographic Databases
Social Sciences
Health
Insurance Benefits
Research
Publications

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Opportunities for engaging low-income, vulnerable populations in health care : A systematic review of homeless persons' access to and use of information technologies. / McInnes, D. Keith; Li, Alice E.; Hogan, Timothy P.

In: American journal of public health, Vol. 103, No. SUPPL. 2, 01.12.2013, p. e11-e24.

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