Telemedicine and clinical genetics: establishing a successful service

Gattas, MR, MacMillan, JC, Meinecke, I, Loane, M and Wootton, R (2001) Telemedicine and clinical genetics: establishing a successful service. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 7 2: 68-70.


Author Gattas, MR
MacMillan, JC
Meinecke, I
Loane, M
Wootton, R
Title Telemedicine and clinical genetics: establishing a successful service
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2001
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/1357633011937191
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 68
End page 70
Total pages 3
Editor Richard Wootton
Place of publication London
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
321217 Health Counselling
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract There is a surprising lack of published experience on the use of videoconferencing in clinical genetics. Patients were randomly allocated to either a telegenetic (cases) or face-to-face (control) conventional clinic. The telegenetic consultation was done by videoconferencing, using ISDN lines at 384 kbit/s. Evaluation by the doctor and counsellor took place immediately after each appointment. The patient was asked to evaluate the appointment by telephone questionnaire about four weeks after the event. Forty-two patients were invited to participate and 33 (79%) returned their consent forms. Four patients declined to participate and were seen in ordinary face-to-face clinics. Preliminary results showed that the assessment of the telegenetics consultations by doctors, counsellors and patients was very favourable, and they responded positively when asked if they would be happy to use telemedicine in the future. For use in selected consultations, videoconferencing does appear to fulfil a useful role in clinical genetics.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Q-Index Code C1

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