An e-health needs assessment of medical residents in Cameroon

Scott, Richard E., Ndumbe, Peter and Wootton, Richard (2005) An e-health needs assessment of medical residents in Cameroon. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 11 Supp. 2: 78-80.


Author Scott, Richard E.
Ndumbe, Peter
Wootton, Richard
Title An e-health needs assessment of medical residents in Cameroon
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
1758-1109
Publication date 2005-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/135763305775124911
Volume 11
Issue Supp. 2
Start page 78
End page 80
Total pages 3
Editor E. Krupinski
R. Wootton
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject 329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract Medical residents from Yaounde I University in Cameroon are required to spend periods of time in rural or remote locations to complete their training. To determine if e-health might lessen their isolation and enhance patient care, a needs assessment of the residents was performed using a brief questionnaire (five items) about the situation in which residents found themselves outside their medical school environment. We gave the questionnaires to 45 residents. Seventeen questionnaires had been returned at the time of the site visit, a response rate of 38%. Most residents indicated that the ability to contact a mentor would have either made them feel more confident (16, or 94%) or altered their handling of recent cases (15, or 88%). All residents had access to a mobile phone, and many (11, or 65%) had used it to contact a medical colleague for guidance. A low-cost and technologically simple telemedicine solution that maximized use of mobile phone capability, provided access to medical and health-care information, and permitted exchange of images would be an appropriate response to the identified needs.
Keyword Health Care Sciences & Services
Telemedicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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