Child and adolescent mental health service providers’ perceptions of using telehealth
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Child and adolescent mental health service providers’ perceptions of using telehealth

Shařon Levy Lecturer, nursing studies, University of Edinburgh
Neil Strachan Programme manager – child health & child and adolescent mental health services, North of Scotland Planning Group, King’s Cross Hospital, Dundee

Shařon Levy and Neil Strachan gauge the enthusiasm of staff for using a technology-enabled service in rural Scotland

There is growing evidence to suggest that, for child and adolescent mental health services, telehealth might be better than some aspects of traditional face-to-face service provision. Staff willingness to embrace new ways of working is critical to adopting technological innovation into practice.

This article describes efforts to articulate telehealth ‘readiness’ among staff in the north of Scotland. Findings suggest that many participants are comfortable with introducing telehealth in their clinical areas, although less than half of the target population responded to the survey.

The authors believe that positive attitudes should lead practitioners to engage in a structured programme that addresses gaps in knowledge and skills about telehealth.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 1, 28-32. doi: 10.7748/mhp2013.09.17.1.28.e810

Correspondence

telepaeds@btinternet.com

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 13 March 2012

Accepted: 14 November 2012