General practitioners' perceptions of store-and-forward teledermatology

COLLINS, K., NICOLSON, P., BOWNS, I. and WALTERS, S. (2000). General practitioners' perceptions of store-and-forward teledermatology. Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 6 (1), 50-53.

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We studied the views of 26 general practitioners (GPs) towards store-and-forward teledermatology before its introduction into their practices. A postal questionnaire was developed using Likert-type questions with respondents able to explain their answers in free text. Questions related to the GPs' knowledge, perceptions and expectations of teledermatology, as well as their attitudes towards being part of a research trial. Most of the GPs had limited prior knowledge of teledermatology. They perceived its role to relate to quicker access to specialist opinions, decreased referrals, increased convenience for patients, diagnosis, and education and teaching. There was an overwhelming view that any system needed to be quick, easy to use, efficient and reliable. Concerns were expressed about being part of the clinical trial, using new technology and an increased workload. The future of teledermatology was thought to depend on the clinical adequacy of the system.

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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: 50-53
Depositing User: Karen Collins
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2010 11:12
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:30

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