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Evaluation of Patient Information Posters Directing Patients to Access a Health Information Website

Nikunj Trivedi, MD1; Ted Kossakowski, MA1; Michael Berneis, MA1; Douglas H. Tischler, MA1; Aaron Daluiski, MD1
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1Divisions of Hand and Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(9):880-881. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.1235.
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This study compares the frequency of website visits prompted by posters in a waiting room between publically insured patients and privately insured patients.

Limited health literacy has been associated with poor health outcomes and suboptimal use of health care services.1 Low socioeconomic status and public health insurance are risk factors for limited health literacy.2 While this was originally secondary to limited internet access,3 the so-called digital divide has abated as internet usage via cell phone has become ubiquitous over the past decade.4 Thus, a new invisible digital divide is present due to factors such as differences in search terms used by patients when searching for health information on the web.5

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