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.e810Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 13 March 2012
Accepted: 14 November 2012