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Telehealth Utilization for Chronic Illness and Depression Among Home Health Agencies: A Pilot Survey.

Authors
  • Kim, Eunhae1
  • Gellis, Zvi D1
  • Hoak, Vicki2
  • 1 a School of Social Policy & Practice , University of Pennsylvania , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , USA.
  • 2 b Pennsylvania Homecare Association , Lemoyne , Pennsylvania , USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Home health care services quarterly
Publication Date
2015
Volume
34
Issue
3-4
Pages
220–231
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/01621424.2015.1108891
PMID: 26558797
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
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Abstract

This pilot survey study explores current telehealth use among home health care agencies for chronic illness and depression care, and identifies factors associated with agencies' perception and intention to use telehealth. Between June and August 2014, 73 directors and 13 staff nurses (N = 86) from the Pennsylvania Homecare Association member agencies participated in an online survey. Eighty-five percent of telehealth provider agencies reported utilizing telehealth for monitoring health status while only 7.7% reported use for depression care. Telehealth technology was more positively perceived for chronic illness care (90.7%) than for depression care (53%) services. Factors associated with positive perceptions of telehealth were identified, including: (a) intention to use or continuing to use telehealth, (b) the size of the agency, (c) the participant's agency role, and (d) existence of depression services. These pilot findings have been used to inform the theoretical framework and the survey instrument for our U.S. national survey.

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