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Grande SW, Castaldo MG, Carpenter-Song E
A digital advocate? Reactions of rural people who experience homelessness to the idea of recording clinical encounters.
This study examines the reactions of homeless people to the idea of using a smartphone to record their own clinical encounter, either covertly or with permission from their physician. The researchers conducted semi-structured interviews with individuals at a temporary housing shelter in Northern New England. The study found that while many rural, disadvantaged individuals felt marginalized by the wide social distance between themselves and their clinicians, recording technology may serve as an advocate by holding both patients and doctors accountable and by permitting the burden of clinical proof to be shared.
Citation: Grande SW, Castaldo MG, Carpenter-Song E . A digital advocate? Reactions of rural people who experience homelessness to the idea of recording clinical encounters. Health Expect 2017 Aug;20(4):618-25. doi: 10.1111/hex.12492..
Keywords: Health Information Exchange (HIE), Clinician-Patient Communication, Rural Health, Vulnerable Populations