Acculturation and Disparities in Telemedicine Readiness: A National Study

Jorge M. Rodríguez-Fernández, Nicolas Hoertel, Hugo Saner, Mukaila Raji

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Telemedicine provided older adults the ability to safely seek care during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This study aimed to evaluate the potential impact of acculturation factors in telemedicine uptake between ethnic groups. As part of the National Health and Aging Trends Study 2018 survey, 303 participants (≥65 years) were interviewed. We assessed the impact of acculturation on telemedicine readiness by race and ethnicity. Compared to the white non-Hispanic immigrant population, Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander (API) populations had significantly lower telemedicine readiness and uptake. Limited English proficiency or older age at the time of migration was associated with telemedicine unreadiness and uptake in the Hispanic and API populations. Our findings suggested that acculturation factors play a substantial role in telemedicine uptake among older adult immigrants in the United States. Therefore, acculturation factors should be considered when promoting and adopting telemedicine technologies in older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
StateAccepted/In press - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • acculturation
  • COVID-19
  • English proficiency
  • telemedicine
  • telemedicine readiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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