Health staff priorities for the future development of telehealth in Western Australia

Bahaadini, K., Yogesan, K. and Wootton, R. (2009) Health staff priorities for the future development of telehealth in Western Australia. Rural and Remote Health, 9 3: .

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Author Bahaadini, K.
Yogesan, K.
Wootton, R.
Title Health staff priorities for the future development of telehealth in Western Australia
Journal name Rural and Remote Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-6354
Publication date 2009-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 9
Issue 3
Total pages 6
Place of publication Deakin West, Australia
Publisher Australian Rural Health Education Network
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The views of health managers and physicians working in non-metropolitan areas of Western Australia (WA) were sought about which telehealth services are most needed.

Chief executives and nurse managers of rural hospitals were sent a simple, open-ended questionnaire and asked to consider the current health situation and problems in their area, and to list the four most-needed telehealth services. In addition, they were asked to hand the questionnaire to one of the GPs or medical officers working with them. A total of 78 questionnaires were sent.

The response rate for managers and doctors was 51% and 43%, respectively. The first priority of the managers was wound care (28%). The first priority of the doctors was psychiatry (35%). The collective priorities of the two groups were similar, with managers listing wound care, emergency, psychiatry and ophthalmology; and doctors listing psychiatry, wound care, emergency and ophthalmology.

Prioritizing potential telemedicine applications is a subject largely absent from the literature. When planning future telehealth applications, the opinion of local health staff who understand the requirements of patients in their region will assist in identifying real needs and lead to the provision of better health services for rural patients.
Keyword Health staff priorities
Remote telehealth service
Remote telemedicine service
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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