Medical students represent a valuable resource in facilitating telehealth for the underserved

Wootton, Richard, Swinfen, Pat, Swinfen, Roger, Warren, Margo-Anne, Wilkinson, David and Brooks, Peter (2007) Medical students represent a valuable resource in facilitating telehealth for the underserved. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 13 Supp. 3: 92-97. doi:10.1258/135763307783247383


Author Wootton, Richard
Swinfen, Pat
Swinfen, Roger
Warren, Margo-Anne
Wilkinson, David
Brooks, Peter
Title Medical students represent a valuable resource in facilitating telehealth for the underserved
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2007-12
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/135763307783247383
Volume 13
Issue Supp. 3
Start page 92
End page 97
Total pages 6
Editor R. Wootton
E. Krupinski
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press Limited
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 321299 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Over a two-year period, eight medical students from four U21 universities spent their electives at hospitals in Pakistan, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. They made a total of 49 e-referrals which resulted in 67 queries in a wide range of specialties. The median response time was 20 h (interquartile range 5–85). Follow-up data were obtained in 14 of the 30 cases from one hospital (47%). The major categories of the 67 queries were internal medicine, paediatrics and surgery, and in very similar proportions to the 785 queries managed by the Swinfen Charitable Trust over the same period. The presence of a medical student facilitated e-referrals by relieving the pressure on the local doctor to undertake the necessary clerical and technical work. The students reported a rewarding elective experience which appears to have the potential to increase the ease with which heavily burdened medical staff in developing countries can make use of e-referrals.
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