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Conclusions: Caregivers of children with special healthcare needs have notable levels of psychosocial challenges and those challenges are associated with their e-health resource seeking. Although e-health interventions, including ones that focus on child health education and caregiver support, may be the future of healthcare, a concerted effort is needed to educate caregivers about the benefits of e-health.
Objectives: In this study, we explored the relationships between the psychosocial health of caregivers of children with special healthcare needs and their e-health use. Additionally, the analysis examined moderating effects of a caregiver's perceptions of e-health and his or her e-health literacy on the associations among four domains of psychosocial health and e-health use.
Materials and Methods: To date, 313 caregivers of children, 12–18 years of age, with special healthcare needs have been recruited. Covariate-adjusted multivariable regressions determined associations between psychosocial health domains of caregivers and e-health use. E-health literacy and perceptions of e-health were further tested as moderators of the relationship between psychosocial health and e-health use.
Results: Among the caregiver population, 31% had problems with social functioning, 36.1% with communication, 43.3% with family relationships, and 46.3% with worrying for their child. After adjusting for demographic variables, e-health use was associated with poorer levels of social functioning, communication, worry, and family relationship.
E-health use was also associated with e-health literacy. Perceptions of e-health significantly moderated the relationships among social functioning, communication, and e-health, with the relationship being significantly stronger in caregivers with more positive perceptions of e-health.