Can telepharmacy provide pharmacy services in the bush?

Nissen, L. M. and Tett, S.E. (2003). Can telepharmacy provide pharmacy services in the bush?. In: 3rd International conference on successes and failures in telehealth. 3rd International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth 2003, Brisbane, (39-41). 25-26 August, 2003.


Author Nissen, L. M.
Tett, S.E.
Title of paper Can telepharmacy provide pharmacy services in the bush?
Conference name 3rd International Conference on Successes and Failures in Telehealth 2003
Conference location Brisbane
Conference dates 25-26 August, 2003
Proceedings title 3rd International conference on successes and failures in telehealth   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication London
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISSN 1357-633X
Volume 9
Issue Supplement 2
Start page 39
End page 41
Total pages 3
Collection year 2003
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Rural and remote community pharmacies service large areas of rural Queensland, and because of the distances involved often do not meet the patients for whom they provide medication. Telepharmacy would improve the quality of pharmaceutical services provided in rural and remote areas, by allowing community pharmacists to have realtime contact with dispensing doctors, aboriginal health workers and patients via a video-phone. We used commercial (analogue) videophones to connect community pharmacists to dispensing doctors, patients in depot pharmacies (i.e. those with no pharmacist) and aboriginal health workers. However, various problems occurred and only 10 video-phone interactions were recorded during the six-month project. In all of the recorded interactions, the video-phone was actually used as a conventional telephone because a video-connection could not be established at the time of the call. (This may have been due to telephone network problems in the rural areas.) Despite these problems, all project participants showed great enthusiasm for the potential benefits of such a service.
Subjects EX
320501 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacy
730209 Rural health
Keyword Queensland
Rural and remote services
Pharmacy and pharmacology
Telepharmacy
Q-Index Code EX

 
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