The Effect of Education on Student Perceptions about Telehealth
Ranelle M. Nissen, MS, OTR/L; Barbara L. Brockevelt, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

The purpose of this research study was to determine if perception about telehealth changes based upon exposure to different telehealth technology educational formats. Participants were involved in a hands-on or educational lecture format group. Both groups completed a pre- and post-questionnaire to assess perceptions of telehealth. The hands-on group also completed the Telehealth Usability Questionnaire (TUQ) to assess experiences with the technology. Overall results were significant (p=.018), indicating the participants’ familiarity and perceptions of telehealth changed positively after education. Results were not significant (p=.902) between groups, indicating the type of education does not make a difference in change of perception. These results correlate with other research findings indicating that education may improve health professional’s perceptions of telehealth. There is need for additional research to provide further support of these findings.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/ijhs.v4n4a2