Thursday, 13 June 2013

Telehealth in primary health care settings within Australia and internationally

Telehealth in primary health care settings within Australia and internationally, a PHCRIS Policy Issue Review, examines the evidence on telehealth models in Australia and elsewhere, specifically focusing on real-time videoconsultations involving patients, primary health care providers, and specialists.

Overall, the available evidence indicated that the outcomes of teleconsultations by videoconferencing were not significantly different compared to face-to-face consultations for most types of specialties assessed; and patients participating in teleconsultations reported significantly higher levels of acceptability and satisfaction.

While the evidence generally showed non-significant differences or positive benefits of video consultations, they are not intended to replace face-to-face consultations, but rather to provide timely access to health care in circumstances where face-to-face consultations are not available due to distance or other barriers.

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