Attitudes toward medical and mental health care delivered via telehealth applications among rural and urban primary care patients

Anouk L. Grubaugh, Gregory D. Cain, Jon D. Elhai, Sarah L. Patrick, B. Christopher Frueh

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Abstract

Adequate health care services are often not available in rural and remote areas, and this problem is expected to grow worse in the near future. "Telehealth" interventions represent a strategy for addressing access to care problems. We examined and compared attitudes toward medical and mental health care delivered via telehealth applications among adult rural (n = 112) and urban (n = 78) primary care patients. We also examined attitudes toward telehealth applications among a subset of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-a group likely in need of specialized services. Both urban and rural patients were receptive to receiving medical and psychiatric services via telehealth. There were few meaningful differences across variables between urban and rural patients, and there were no meaningful differences by PTSD status. These findings support the feasibility of telehealth applications, particularly for rural patients who may not otherwise receive needed services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume196
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2008

Keywords

  • Access to care
  • Patient attitudes
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Primary care
  • Rural health
  • Telehealth
  • Telepsychiatry
  • Telepsychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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