Rural Minnesota family physicians' attitudes toward telemedicine.

J. Kane, J. Morken, Jim G Boulger, B. Crouse, D. Bergeron

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This study reports the results of an assessment of the attitudes and opinions of rural Minnesota family physicians toward telemedicine. The results of 52 mail surveys and 32 telephone interviews were compiled to determine existing attitudes and levels of awareness concerning aspects of telemedicine. Surveyed physicians overwhelmingly agreed that they do not have sufficient information about telemedicine. Their awareness of telemedicine's applications and capabilities is minimal. Also, responding physicians indicated little knowledge regarding such important issues as cost-effectiveness, reimbursement, liability, and potential primary care benefits. In general, however, physicians' attitudes toward telemedicine were favorable. This information should be important to funders, suppliers, and potential users of telemedicine. This study suggests a need to educate medical students, residents, and practicing physicians about telemedicine and issues related to its use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalMinnesota medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995


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