Is telemedicine helping or hindering the delivery of stroke thrombolysis in rural areas? A qualitative analysis
N Moloczij, I Mosley, KM Moss, KL Bagot, CF Bladin, DA Cadilhac
Internal Medicine Journal | WILEY | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Fast diagnosis and delivery of treatment to patients experiencing acute stroke can reduce subsequent disability. While telemedicine can improve rural community access to specialists and facilitate timely diagnosis and treatment decisions, it is not widely used for stroke in Australia. AIM: Identifying the barriers and facilitators to clinician engagement with, and utilisation of, telemedicine consultations could expedite implementation in rural and remote locations. METHODS: Purposive sampling was used to identify and recruit medical and nursing staff varying in telemedicine experience across one hospital department. Twenty-four in-depth, face-to-face interviews were conducted ex..View full abstract
Awarded by NHMRC/NHF
This project has been supported through funding from the Windermere Foundation, The State Government of Victoria: Department of Business and Innovation and Department of Health; and The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the strong support from the Victorian Government and in particular funding from the Operational Infrastructure Support Grant. D. A. Cadilhac is the recipient of an NHMRC/NHF research fellowship (1063761). C. F. Bladin and D. A. Cadilhac received unrestricted educational grants from Boehringer Ingelheim to support training and education of clinicians from 2013.