This research will examine how a move to digital healthcare in the UK will impact on health inequalities. Avoidable health inequalities are multifaceted and exist on the level of the individual, professional, and health system. Without careful, systematic research and policy, digital healthcare could work to the advantage of those with the most resources, whilst further disenfranchising the medically underserved, thereby deepening divides.
This PhD project is exploring barriers to the use of digital healthcare from the infrastructural, through to the individual level, using qualitative research methods. It seeks to unpack how existing socioeconomic inequalities interact with digital healthcare inequalities, and what might be done about this.