A comparison of telepaediatric activity at two regional hospitals in Queensland

Smith, Anthony C., Williams, Michael, Van der Westhuyzen, Jasper, McCrossin, Robert, Isles, Alan and Wootton, Richard (2002). A comparison of telepaediatric activity at two regional hospitals in Queensland. In: Prof. Richard Wootton, Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth. Successes and Failures in Telehealth - 2, Brisbane, Australia, (58-62). 1-2 August, 2002.


Author Smith, Anthony C.
Williams, Michael
Van der Westhuyzen, Jasper
McCrossin, Robert
Isles, Alan
Wootton, Richard
Title of paper A comparison of telepaediatric activity at two regional hospitals in Queensland
Conference name Successes and Failures in Telehealth - 2
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 1-2 August, 2002
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London, U.K.
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine
Publication Year 2002
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1258/13576330260440880
ISSN 1357-633X
Editor Prof. Richard Wootton
Volume 8
Issue (Supp 2)
Start page 58
End page 62
Total pages 5
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Abstract/Summary We conducted a 15-month feasibility study of telepaediatrics. A novel service was offered to two hospitals in Queensland (Mackay and Hervey Bay). We used data from all other hospitals throughout the state as the control group. Although both intervention hospitals were provided with the same service, the telepaediatric activity generated and the effect on admissions and outpatient activity were markedly different. There was a significant decrease in the number of patient admissions to Brisbane from the Mackay region. In addition, there was an increase in the number of Mackay patients treated locally (as outpatients). In contrast, little change was observed in Hervey Bay. We assessed whether the observed differences between the two hospitals were due to various factors which influenced the use of the telepaediatric service. These factors included the method of screening patients before transfer to the tertiary centre and the physical distance between each facility and the tertiary centre. We believe that the screening method used for patient referrals was the most important determinant of the use of the telepaediatric service.
Subjects E1
329999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
730199 Clinical health not specific to particular organs, diseases and conditions
1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences
Keyword Health Care Sciences
Services
Q-Index Code E1

 
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