Telemedicine Readiness Across Medical Conditions in a US National Representative Sample of Older Adults

Jorge M. Rodríguez-Fernández, Emily Danies, Nicolas Hoertel, William Galanter, Hugo Saner, Oscar H. Franco

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Abstract

Telemedicine has provided older adults the ability to seek care remotely during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. However, it is unclear how diverse medical conditions play a role in telemedicine uptake. A total of 3379 participants (≥65 years) were interviewed in 2018 as part of the National Health and Aging Trends Study. We assessed telemedicine readiness across multiple medical conditions. Most chronic medical conditions and mood symptoms were significantly associated with telemedicine unreadiness, for physical or technical reasons or both, while cancer, hypertension, and arthritis were significantly associated with telemedicine readiness. Our findings suggest that multiple medical conditions play a substantial role in telemedicine uptake among older adults in the US. Therefore, comorbidities should be taken into consideration when promoting and adopting telemedicine technologies among older adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)982-992
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • chronic diseases
  • COVID-19
  • mood disorders
  • telemedicine
  • telemedicine readiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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