Development of a telehealth toolkit

Yorkshire & HumberGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Nov 2012

Project summary

Telehealth is considered to have great potential to support the ever increasing ageing population. In a drive to deliver better care many countries have invested in various telecare and telehealth initiatives. Telehealth services, however, are rare and many of the available services are either on a small scale or fail during the implementation process.

Aim of the project 

To refine and assess the usability of the current version of the ‘Ready, Steady, Go’ (RSG) toolkit in order to ensure that it is a valid document which can be deployed at a national level. Objectives: To examine in depth the views and experiences of telehealth professionals on the usability of the RSG toolkit.

Methods 

A qualitative design, incorporating semi-structured telephone interviews and focus groups, with a convenience sample of telehealth professionals will be used. This study will target telehealth professionals who have either read, used or are using the RSG toolkit. A non-random sampling strategy will be used to recruit a convenience sample of up to 20 users and 20 readers of the “Ready Steady Go” telehealth implementation toolkit.

Contact 
Prof Sue Mawson
s.mawson@sheffield.ac.uk