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Digital health equity and COVID-19: The innovation curve cannot reinforce the social gradient of health

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This article by Crawford and Serhal argues that the rapid implementation of digital health innovations during COVID-19 has resulted in health inequities, including lack of access and barriers to digital health literacy. The authors present a Digital Health Equity Framework that addresses interactions between socioeconomic and cultural contexts and intermediate health factors which influence digital health equity. This includes psychosocial stressors, preexisting health conditions, values, cultural norms and characteristics of the health system as a social determinant of health.

 

Reference

Crawford, A., & Serhal, E. Digital health equity and COVID-19: The innovation curve cannot reinforce the social gradient of health. (2020). J Med Internet Res, 22(6), e19361. doi: 10.2196/19361. PMID: 32452816; PMCID: PMC7268667.

Tags: Access to health services, COVID-19, Journal Article

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