TITLE

An evaluation of an Australian videoconferencing project for child and adolescent telepsychiatry

AUTHOR(S)
Gelber, Harry; Alexander, Max
PUB. DATE
March 1999
SOURCE
Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare;Mar1999 Supplement 1, Vol. 5, p21
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
A user satisfaction survey of videoconferencing services for child and adolescent mental health was carried out over a two year period in Victoria, Australia. The aims of the survey were to evaluate key utilization areas, effect on professional practice, and advantages and disadvantages of the videoconferencing service. Eighty questionnaires were sent out and (58percent) (73percent) were returned. Consultations were reported as the most frequent use of videoconferencing equipment (62percent) , followed by clinical use (59percent), supervision (36percent), teaching (19percent) and administration (14percent). Fifty-seven per cent of respondents reported that videoconferencing had affected professional practice. Advantages of the services included cost savings (52percent) while disadvantages included technological problems (40percent). The findings show the benefits of videoconferencing for improving the delivery of mental health care in rural Australia.
ACCESSION #
22204150

 

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