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Sex Health. 2012 May;9(2):192-3. doi: 10.1071/SH11022.

Clients' views on a piloted telemedicine sexual health service for rural youth.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Given the high rate of sexually transmissible infections among young people and limited rural access to specialist healthcare, an Australian telemedicine service was piloted. Clients' views were investigated.

METHODS:

All clients aged 15-24 were given a questionnaire. A sub-sample was interviewed.

RESULTS:

The service was used by 25 rural youths aged 15-24; 18 returned the questionnaire, 4 were interviewed. All had a telephone consultation. They reported being satisfied with the service; most preferred the telemedicine service to consulting a doctor in person.

CONCLUSIONS:

Online video consultations for sexual health may not yet be acceptable to young people in Australia.

PMID:
22498166
DOI:
10.1071/SH11022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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