Is telehealth the right tool for remote communities? Improving health status in rural Australia

I. Ellis

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Abstract

The health status of people in rural and remote areas, particularly of Indigenous Australians, has been widely reported to be poorer than their urban counterparts. Health care in rural and remote Australia has relied on the work of nurses, often in the absence of medical or allied health personnel other than via telecommunication. Over the last 5 years telehealth has been heavily promoted as an innovative and effective way of improving the health status of people in rural and remote areas by providing improved access to specialist care. Through national infrastructure development and funding for a vast array of pilot projects, telehealth provision has been promoted as progressive, effective, and modern. This Editorial reviews the literature and highlights a need for additional research around telehealth-mediated patient practitioner relationships.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalContemporary Nurse
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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