Preferences of ICT among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease Undergoing Hemodialysis: An Ecuadorian Cross-Sectional Study

Ivan Cherrez-Ojeda*, Miguel Felix, Valeria L. Mata, Emanuel Vanegas, Antonio W. D. Gavilanes, Peter Chedraui, Daniel Simancas-Racines, Juan Carlos Calderon, Fabian Ortiz, Guillermina Blum, Angela Plua, Gino Gonzalez, Grace Moscoso, Walter Morquecho

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of the present study was to assess the frequency of use, and preferences regarding information and communication technologies (ICTs) among Ecuadorian patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) undergoing hemodialysis. Methods: We conducted an anonymous cross-sectional survey-based study from January 2016 to April 2017, involving 393 patients with end-stage renal disease from 9 hemodialysis centers, in which they rated their use and preferences of various ICTs through a modified version of the Michigan Questionnaire. The questionnaire collected information regarding demographics, patients' interest in obtaining health-related information through ICTs, and interest in using ICTs as a potential way to communicate with their healthcare providers. A chi-square test for association and adjusted regression analyses were performed. Results: Among all patients who participated, 64.3% reported owning a cellphone, with less than a third reporting active Internet connection. The most used ICT for obtaining information about CKD and/or hemodialysis was web-based Internet, followed by YouTube. SMS was rated the highest to receive and seek health-related information, followed by Facebook. Younger age and higher levels of education were associated with a higher overall usage of ICTs. Finally, more than half of the patients reported interest in using WhatsApp for communicating with their healthcare providers. Conclusions: Understanding the preferences of ICTs among patients with CKD undergoing hemodialysis could help to improve their outcomes through the potential uses and benefits of ICTs. Further research is needed to assess their role in improving the care of patients with chronic diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-299
Number of pages8
JournalHealthcare Informatics Research
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Medical Informatics
  • Social Media
  • Internet
  • RACIAL-DIFFERENCES
  • DIGITAL DIVIDE
  • UNITED-STATES
  • INTERNET
  • MORTALITY
  • BURDEN

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