A qualitative study of four UK telemedicine sites was carried out to explore reactions to nurse-centred telemedicine services and their possible implications. Using semistructured schedules, 36 people directly involved in these services were interviewed -25 nurses, four general practitioners, two advising medical consultants, three service managers and two researchers. Factors identified which may influence successful implementation included: early involvement of all groups affected, prior consideration of the practical implications, thorough initial equipment testing, good technical support, imaginative training and clarity of the purpose of the service. The study showed that all those involved must be prepared for the rapid learning that is implicit in the implementation of change. The challenge is to maximize the potential for the primary operator to use new techniques. In respect of nurse-centred services, the nurse must not be viewed as a technician, nor should telemedicine be seen as a substitute for an available doctor.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of telemedicine and telecare|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|