Preliminary experience of allied health assessments delivered face to face and by videoconference to a residential facility for elderly people

Guilfoyle, C, Wootton, R, Hassall, S, Offer, J, Warren, M and Smith, D (2003) Preliminary experience of allied health assessments delivered face to face and by videoconference to a residential facility for elderly people. Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare, 9 4: 230-233. doi:10.1258/135763303322225571


Author Guilfoyle, C
Wootton, R
Hassall, S
Offer, J
Warren, M
Smith, D
Title Preliminary experience of allied health assessments delivered face to face and by videoconference to a residential facility for elderly people
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine And Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
ISBN 1357-633x
Publication date 2003
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/135763303322225571
Volume 9
Issue 4
Start page 230
End page 233
Total pages 4
Editor Wootton R
Place of publication London UK
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Subject C1
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730199 Clinical health not specific to particular organs, diseases and conditions
Abstract We investigated whether allied health assessments carried out via videoconferencing were comparable to assessments carried out face to face. Five allied health therapists (in dietetics, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology) conducted an assessment of 12 high-dependency residents both face to face and by videoconferencing. On a five-point Likert scale, the therapists' mean ratings for the efficiency and suitability of videoconferencing for assessment were significantly lower than for face to face. Their mean rating for the adequacy of their care plans was also significantly lower for videoconferencing than for face to face. However, in each case the dietician's assessments did not differ significantly between the two modalities. In 35 cases out of 60, two independent raters agreed that the therapists' care plans after the videoconferencing and face-to-face assessments were the same. However, the level of agreement between raters was only moderate (kappa=0.31). Despite the therapists' (natural) preference for face-to-face working, care plans formulated via videoconferencing were reasonably similar to those formulated in face-to-face assessment. Allied health assessments carried out by videoconferencing would therefore seem to be feasible.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Q-Index Code C1

 
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