The Internet has potential for improving health information delivery and strengthening connections between rural populations and local health service providers. An exploratory case study six rural health care markets in Kansas showed that about 70% of adults use the Internet, with substantial use for accessing health information. While there are statistical differences for general Internet use based on socio-economic characteristics, these "digital divides" are not so apparent in relation to Internet usage for health-related information. The study opens opportunities for Extension to include Internet usage as an added dimension to programs to aid in community and economic development.
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Dias, B. R., Leatherman, J. C., & Bressers, B. M. (2015). Rural Health Care Information Access and the Use of the Internet: Opportunity for University Extension. The Journal of Extension, 53(2), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol53/iss2/8