Family Physicians' Perspectives on the Pros, Cons, and Application Areas of Telemedicine: A Qualitative Study


BOSTAN S., YEŞİLDAĞ A. Y., Balci F.

TELEMEDICINE AND E-HEALTH, 2024 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2024
  • Doi Number: 10.1089/tmj.2023.0574
  • Journal Name: TELEMEDICINE AND E-HEALTH
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, Compendex, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Ankara University Affiliated: No

Abstract

Background: There is evidence that telemedicine can be used safely, easily, and cost-effectively in primary health care services. This study aims to determine family physicians' opinions regarding the potential advantages, disadvantages, and usage areas of telemedicine in primary health care services.Methods: This study was designed with a qualitative case study. The Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research (SRQR) checklist was followed throughout the research process. Interviews were conducted with family physicians working in a provincial center using snowball sampling in the study. MaxQDA 20 software was used for analysis process, and themes and subthemes were identified through a deductive-reflective thematic analysis method. The family physicians who participated in the study are between 29 and 56. In addition, family medicine specialists, general practitioners, and academic department heads were included in the study. Family physicians are evenly distributed in terms of gender and professional experience.Results: All interviewed family physicians stated that they had not received professional or technical training in delivering telemedicine. It was observed that family physicians had different perspectives on telemedicine in primary care. The data obtained in the study were analyzed under the main themes of the advantages, disadvantages, and services that can be provided in primary telemedicine. Physicians have different views on telemedicine, including negative, undecided, and positive opinions.Conclusion: It is understood that many services could be delivered remotely if the scope, procedures, and processes of the services to be provided are determined with guidelines. It is recommended that family physicians receive professional and technical training in telemedicine.