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dc.contributor.authorpa, Lazzarini
dc.contributor.authorD, Clarke
dc.contributor.authorRD, Mann
dc.contributor.authorVL, Perry
dc.contributor.authorCJ, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorKuys, Suzanne
dc.contributor.editorA Cowin and M Woodward
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-10T03:58:25Z
dc.date.available2017-08-10T03:58:25Z
dc.date.issued2010
dc.date.modified2014-10-08T05:08:39Z
dc.identifier.issn13232495
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/36166
dc.description.abstractDiabetic foot ulcers are one of the most hospitalised diabetes complications and contribute to many leg amputations. Trained diabetic foot teams and specialists managing diabetic foot ulcers have demonstrated reductions in amputations and hospitalisation by up to 90%. Few such teams exist in Australia. Thus, access is limited for all geographical populations and may somewhat explain the high rates of hospitalisation. Aim: This pilot study aims to analyse if local clinicians managing diabetic foot complications report improved access to diabetic foot specialists and outcomes with the introduction of a telehealth store-and-forward system. Method: A store-and-forward telehealth system was implemented in six different Queensland locations between August 2009 and February 2010. Sites were offered ad hoc and/or fortnightly telehealth access to a diabetic foot speciality service. A survey was sent six months following commencement of the trial to the 14 eligible clinicians involved in the trial to gauge clinical perception of the telehealth system. Results: Eight participants returned the surveys. The majority of responding clinicians reported that the telehealth system was easy to use (100%), improved their access to diabetic foot speciality services (75%), improved upskilling of local diabetes service staff (100%), and improved patient outcomes (100%). Conclusion: This pilot study suggests that clinicians found the use of a telehealth store-and-forward system very useful in improving access to speciality services, clinical skills and patient outcomes. This study supports the recommendation that telehealth systems should be made available for diabetic foot ulcer management.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
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dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherCambridge Publishing
dc.publisher.placeAustralia
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.woundsaustralia.com.au/journal/1804.php
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom164
dc.relation.ispartofpageto172
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalWound Practice & Research
dc.relation.ispartofvolume18
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchNursing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode119999
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1110
dc.titleDoes the use of store-and-forward telehealth systems improve outcomes for clinicians managing diabetic foot ulcers? A pilot study
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
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gro.rights.copyright© Lazzarini et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010. This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
gro.date.issued2010
gro.hasfulltextFull Text
gro.griffith.authorKuys, Suzanne S.


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