OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENGAGING LOW-INCOME, VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN HEALTH CARE:
Opportunities for Engaging Low-Income, Vulnerable Populations in Health Care: A Systematic Review of Homeless Persons’ Access to and Use of Information Technologies
The purpose of the research was to determine and figure out if homeless individuals have access to information technology and if so, are they fully utilizing it. The researchers were guided by three main research questions. The first was “What is the prevalence of access to and use of information technology (Internet, mobile phones, texting etc) by homeless populations”? The second was “What are homeless persons purpose for using information technologies. Finally, “what are the barriers to and facilitators of access to and use of information technologies by homeless individuals”?
The questions and procedures were non random including nine articles representing six studies Conducted between 2006 and 2012 which presented data on access to use of technologies by homeless persons. Within the questions and study by EyrichGarg, 44% rates of mobile phones were long term among 100 unsheltered street homeless persons in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Rice et al also reported 62% of mobile phone ownership among 169 homeless adolescents in Los Angeles California. While this is a good sample size, the problem lies with the distribution and location of the data collection. A much larger sample with regard to all categories taken into consideration would have aided in the data analysis, particularly and most importantly, when looking for possible economic growth differences between different cities.
The modus operandi used by the references in the article was random collection if data which has proven to be ineffective in certain areas in the United States. This is a technique where individuals are asked to take surveys by total strangers on the streets. Contrary to popular belief, most individuals who are homeless own or have access to digital or information technology such as computer, mobile phones and some even have personal laptops. The publics response to seeing this may be too judgmental and damning because the would immediately come to a conclusion that “if a homeless individual could afford luxury such as computers and mobile phones, then why cant they afford to pay their rents as at when due. This analysis is based on multiple misunderstandings or misconcepts, many individuals believe that most homeless people are fakes and should not enjoy any type of luxury. For this reason and other factors mentioned earlier, technology will be hidden among homeless individuals. There was really no information regarding the honesty, credibility and authenticity of the homeless persons who took or answered the surveys.
Analysis of variance was also used to analyze the data collected by different sources in the article. This has proven not to be consistent with the type...