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Gaceta Sanitaria

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Abstract

FERNANDEZ ALEMAN, José Luis; HERNANDEZ, Isabel  and  SANCHEZ GARCIA, Ana Belén. Opinion survey on the use of personal health records in the Region of Murcia (Spain). Gac Sanit [online]. 2013, vol.27, n.5, pp.454-458. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2012.12.001.

Objective: To identify the opinions of patients of the Murcia Health Service on the adoption of personal health records (PHRs) and the factors associated with these opinions. Methods: A cross sectional and descriptive study was performed by personal survey of a sample of individuals (N = 156) aged between 14 and 80 years old in five public health facilities of districts VI and VII of the Health Service of Murcia. Results: A total of 87.8% of the population stated they would use PHRs. Respondents aged 24-33 years old were 13.15 times more willing to use PHRs (95% CI: 1.09-157.42) than people over 63 years old. A lower probability of using PHRs was found in people who did not use the Internet, with an odds ratio of 0.31 (95% CI: 0.07-1.29); this difference was not statistically significant. Conclusions: Most of the patients surveyed had never heard of PHRs but most would be willing to use them.

Keywords : Patient access to records; Health records personal; Health care surveys; Health facilities; Patients.

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