Medical Xpress July 5, 2022
Staffordshire University

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...

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