Evolving Pediatrician Perceptions of a Telemedicine Program

Authors

  • Eve-Lynn Nelson,

    1. Currently completing her clinical residency at University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and will earn her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kansas in 2002. She has worked at the Center for TeleMedicine and TeleHealth at Kansas University Medical Center since 1998. Most recently, she coordinated the Healthy Steps over Telemedicine project. The program offers parent education and extended well child visits, all through videoconferencing technology at a local high school and a daycare. She has participated in other telemedicine projects including TeleKidcare® telemental health research, and telemedicine in the jail setting. She has presented on telemedicine topics at TeleMed 2001, ATA conferences, and other local and national venues. Her dissertation concerns a randomized controlled trial of therapy for childhood depression over telemedicine versus the same therapy face-to-face
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  • David Cook,

    1. Center for TeleMedicine and TeleHealth, University of Kansas Medical Center
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  • Pamela Shaw,

    1. Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center
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  • Georgina Peacock,

    1. Department of Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center
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  • Gary Doolittle

    1. Center for TeleMedicine and TeleHealth, University of Kansas Medical Center
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Abstract

This study addresses pediatrician perceptions of a telemedicine program as it developed from 1998 to 2000. The researchers completed structured interviews with ten pediatricians who provided telemedicine services between a university medical center and an urban school district. The results describe how pediatricians understood the telemedicine program, including technology, consult process, and relationships. This understanding of how pediatricians “make sense” of telemedicine allows optimal planning for the program's future and may inform other telemedicine initiatives about challenges in the pediatric setting.

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