Medical Xpress July 5, 2022
Researchers at Staffordshire University warn that the rapid expansion of telehealth consultations may increase disparities in access for vulnerable people.
A new study, reported in the International Journal for Equity in Health, showed that the vast majority of Allied Health Services—89.4 percent—were planning to continue the use of telehealth services as a method of delivering healthcare post COVID-19 restrictions. Currently Allied Health Professionals are the third largest workforce in the NHS with over four million patient contacts a week.
However, service managers and clinicians taking part in the study reported that a lack of technological skills and limited technology among patients were the main barriers and biggest disadvantages of telehealth.
Clinicians felt that the main advantage for patients was a...