A pilot study of email in an e-mentoring relationship

Stewart, Sarah M. (2006) A pilot study of email in an e-mentoring relationship. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 12 Supp. 3: 83-84.


Author Stewart, Sarah M.
Title A pilot study of email in an e-mentoring relationship
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1758-1109
1357-633X
Publication date 2006-11
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1258/135763306779380011
Volume 12
Issue Supp. 3
Start page 83
End page 84
Total pages 2
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 321099 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
730399 Health and support services not elsewhere classified
Abstract E-mentoring is an alternative to conventional face-to-face mentoring, incorporating the use of email, bulletin boards, discussion groups, instant messaging and videoconferencing. In a pilot trial, a New Zealand midwife mentored two new graduate midwives using a secure email system. The main themes of the email messages exchanged were debriefing and reflection, clinical queries, provision of information and discussion of professional issues. The pilot study showed that e-mentoring is a feasible option for midwives and warrants further investigation. Both mentor and mentees found the experience to be a helpful one. One of the advantages for both mentor and mentees was the flexibility of communication, since responses to email messages could be made at times that suited the authors. Nevertheless, issues of Internet access and the technical expertise of midwives will need to be considered in order for large scale e-mentoring to be implemented.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
2007 Higher Education Research Data Collection
Centre for Online Health Publications
 
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