Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Telemed J E Health. 2016 Jan;22(1):31-5. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2015.0021. Epub 2015 Jul 23.

Attitudes Towards Implementation of Store-and-Forward Telemental Health in Humanitarian Settings: Survey of Syrian Healthcare Providers.

Author information

1
1 Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine , New Haven, Connecticut.
2
2 Yale School of Public Health , New Haven, Connecticut.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Store-and-forward (S&F) telemedicine is thought to be most applicable in humanitarian settings. Unlike other kinds of telemental health (TMH), S&F requires engagement and active participation from healthcare providers in submitting text or audio-video clinical material for consultations. To implement such consultative systems there is a need to gauge providers' attitudes towards this technology.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

An electronic survey was sent to Syrian healthcare providers (physicians and nonphysicians) who are affiliated with humanitarian nongovernmental organizations managing Syrians affected by war. After a description of what TMH and S&F are, participants were asked about their attitudes towards such services.

RESULTS:

Fifty-two providers responded to the electronic survey. Only results from providers inside Syria (n = 30) are presented. The majority of respondents had no experience with TMH. Half of the providers believed that mental healthcare can be provided through S&F and that there would be a benefit from such services. Respondents reported that cultural (68%), financial (84%), and technical (80%) barriers do exist for such services. When asked, providers believed that patients would agree to be audiotaped (58%) for the purpose of S&F compared with being videotaped (15%) (p = 0.007).

CONCLUSIONS:

Electronic surveys of healthcare workers in humanitarian settings are feasible. Providers in the Syrian humanitarian setting have little experience in TMH; however, they are open to using an S&F service while acknowledging cultural, financial, and technical barriers to the implementation.

KEYWORDS:

behavioral health; telehealth; telemedicine; telepsychiatry

PMID:
26204132
DOI:
10.1089/tmj.2015.0021
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon
Loading ...
Support Center