Objective: To determine the response of participants to the Pine Ridge- Mayo National Aeronautics and Space Administration telemedicine project. Design: We describe a 3-month demonstration project of medical education and clinical consultations conducted by means of satellite transmission. Postparticipation questionnaires and a postproject survey were used to assess the success of the activity. Material and Methods: Patients and employees at the Pine Ridge Indian Health Service Hospital in southwestern South Dakota and employees at Mayo Clinic Rochester participated in a telemedicine project, after which they completed exit surveys and a postproject questionnaire to ascertain the acceptability of this mode of health care. Results: Almost all Pine Ridge and Mayo Clinic participants viewed the project as beneficial. The educational sessions received favorable evaluations, and almost two-thirds of the patients who completed evaluations thought the consultation had contributed to their medical care. More than 90% of the respondents from Pine Ridge and more than 85% of the respondents from Mayo Clinic Rochester said that they would recommend participation in this project to others. More than 90% of respondents from Pine Ridge and 80% of Mayo respondents agreed with the statement that the project should continue. Conclusion: These data suggest that a program of clinical consultation services, professional education, and patient education available by telemedicine might be viewed as beneficial.
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This study was supported in part by Grant CA 15083 from the National Cancer Institute and Grant CCU 510175 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .