Patient satisfaction in telemedicine

COLLINS, K., NICOLSON, P. and BOWNS, I. (2000). Patient satisfaction in telemedicine. Health informatics journal, 6 (2), 81-85.

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Recent improvements in technology and telecommunications have resulted in renewed interest in telemedicine [1]. The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Executive has recently published an ‘Information for Health’ strategy which states that ‘telemedicine and telecare will undoubtedly come to the fore as a way of providing services in the future. They have a key role to play in the Government’s plans to modernize the NHS’ [2]. Within the current climate, the future success of telemedicine will depend on patient and provider acceptance of such technologies. It is, therefore, imperative that the views and experiences of the users and providers of healthcare services are sought to enable problems to be resolved and issues addressed before telemedicine is fully implemented: ‘Information about the patients’ experiences can be an important lever for change, both highlighting where, and what sort of quality improvements are needed’ [3].

This paper provides an overview of telemedicine and patient satisfaction and considers the satisfaction studies to date. It finally discusses some of the problems in assessing patient satisfaction within telemedicine and how future studies may be improved in light of the findings. It is based upon work that is presently being carried out at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield as part of a Randomized Controlled Trial of telemedicine in dermatology, funded by the NHS Executive Research and Development Programme.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Page Range: 81-85
Depositing User: Karen Collins
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 10:45
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:30

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