Chronic Health Conditions and Patient Portal Use in Caregivers of People With Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias. By: Oh, Kyeung Mi; Inoue, Megumi; Koizumi, Naoru; Beran, Krista and Lee, Jung-Ah. 2024. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Vol. 43 Issue 4, p363-373.

This study aimed to investigate both chronic health conditions and the utilization of patient portals, focusing particularly on caregivers responsible for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Data from the Health Information National Trends Survey 2018–2020 were analyzed, involving a sample of 304 family and unpaid caregivers of individuals with ADRD. Among caregivers of individuals with ADRD, 77.6% had at least one chronic disease. A significant proportion (46.6%) of ADRDcaregivers had never accessed their patient portals. The limited utilization of patient portals among caregivers responsible for individuals with ADRD, particularly those with lower education, advanced age, and few chronic conditions, becomes apparent due to challenges associated with digital literacy and discomfort with computers. Recognizing the crucial role caregivers play for individuals with ADRD and their health risks, there’s a need for tailored training to enhance their health management skills and caregiving capabilities.