Mental health professionals' perspectives of telemental health with remote and rural First Nations communities

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1258/jtt.2011.101011
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume17
Issue5
Pages263267; # of pages: 5
AbstractWe conducted an online survey and interviews amongst mental health workers in Canada who reported experience in working with rural and remote First Nations (although not necessarily telemental health). Sixty-three respondents (of the 164) to the online survey reported experience in working with clients in remote and rural First Nations. Only 16 of the online survey respondents with remote and rural First Nations experience reported having received training in videoconferencing use. When asked how frequently they used videoconferencing with clients, 51% reported never using it, 19% used it once every few months and 10% reported using it a few times a month. Approximately 50% of participants reported finding it useful. Approximately 38% found the technology easy or very easy to use, and 15% found it very difficult. Individual in-depth interviews were also conducted with professionals who had First Nations telemental health experience specifically (n ¼ 5). A quantitative data analysis was used to explore their perceptions of usefulness and ease of use of telemental health, as well as the relationships among these constructs. Advantages, disadvantages and challenges in using the technology were identified from the qualitative data. Promising ways forward include incorporating traditional practices and the Seven Teachings into telemental health services.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NPARC number19709146
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