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Social acceptance and population confidence in telehealth in Quebec

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Health Services Research, February 2015
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Title
Social acceptance and population confidence in telehealth in Quebec
Published in
BMC Health Services Research, February 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12913-015-0727-1
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Authors

Thomas G Poder, Christian A Bellemare, Suzanne K Bédard, Renald Lemieux

Abstract

Access to healthcare in remote areas is difficult and telehealth could be a promising avenue if accepted by the population. The aim of this study is to assess social acceptance and population confidence in telehealth in the Province of Quebec. We conducted a survey using a questionnaire assessing the social acceptance of and confidence level in telehealth. Two strategies were used: 1) paper questionnaires were sent to two hospitals in Quebec; and 2) online questionnaires were randomly sent by a firm specialized in online survey to a representative sample of the population of the Province of Quebec. Respondents were all residents of the Province of Quebec and 18 years and older. Questions were scored with a four-level Likert scale. A total of 1816 questionnaires were analyzed (229 written and 1,587 online questionnaires). The socio-demographic variables in our samples, especially the online questionnaires, were fairly representative of Quebec's population. Overall, social acceptance scored at 77.71% and confidence level at 65.76%. Both scores were higher in the case of treatment (3 scenarios were proposed) vs. diagnosis (p < 0.05). No difference was found when respondents were asked to respond for themselves and for a member of their family, which demonstrates a true interest in telehealth in Quebec. In addition, we found a significant difference (p < 0.05) between written and online questionnaires regarding social acceptance (80.75% vs. 77.33%) and confidence level (74.84% vs. 64.55%). These differences may be due to social desirability or avidity bias in the written questionnaires. Our results suggest that the population in Quebec encourages the development of telehealth for real time diagnosis and long distance treatment for regions deprived of healthcare professionals.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 52 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 9 17%
Student > Bachelor 8 15%
Student > Postgraduate 6 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 9%
Other 5 9%
Other 13 24%
Unknown 8 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 15 28%
Nursing and Health Professions 7 13%
Psychology 7 13%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 9%
Unspecified 2 4%
Other 8 15%
Unknown 10 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 April 2015.
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#2,288,124
of 4,968,604 outputs
Outputs from BMC Health Services Research
#1,261
of 2,222 outputs
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#71,123
of 146,117 outputs
Outputs of similar age from BMC Health Services Research
#54
of 88 outputs
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