International Survey of Audiologists' Attitudes Toward Telehealth Purpose A better understanding of the attitudes of audiologists toward teleaudiology and their willingness to use teleaudiology is required to progress the application of teleaudiology technologies and services into clinical practice. Audiologists around the world were surveyed on their attitudes toward teleaudiology and their willingness to use it. ... Research Note
Research Note  |   October 01, 2016
International Survey of Audiologists' Attitudes Toward Telehealth
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Robert H. Eikelboom
    Ear Sciences Centre, School of Surgery, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands
    Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • De Wet Swanepoel
    Ear Sciences Centre, School of Surgery, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands
    Ear Science Institute Australia, Subiaco
    Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Robert H. Eikelboom: rob.eikelboom@earscience.org.au
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
    Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology / Research Notes
Research Note   |   October 01, 2016
International Survey of Audiologists' Attitudes Toward Telehealth
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 295-298. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0004
History: Received January 13, 2016 , Revised May 11, 2016 , Accepted May 20, 2016
 
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 295-298. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0004
History: Received January 13, 2016; Revised May 11, 2016; Accepted May 20, 2016

Purpose A better understanding of the attitudes of audiologists toward teleaudiology and their willingness to use teleaudiology is required to progress the application of teleaudiology technologies and services into clinical practice. Audiologists around the world were surveyed on their attitudes toward teleaudiology and their willingness to use it.

Method An online survey was sent to audiologists through professional associations' mailing lists. The survey included questions on the use of computer and video-conferencing technologies, awareness and previous use of teleaudiology, and willingness to use teleaudiology.

Results Responses were provided by 269 people from 28 different countries, representing a wide cross-section of experience, qualification, and work settings; 77.8% of respondents were women. Almost all respondents had used PC-based video-conferencing; most had used related technologies and reported positive attitudes toward using these. However, less than 25% had used teleaudiology.

Conclusions Despite positive attitudes toward telehealth and associated technology, the low number of audiologists who have used teleaudiology for services indicates limited clinical adoption.

Acknowledgments
Talani Ndlovu and Nokubonga Radebe assisted in preparing the survey and collecting the data. The authors also acknowledge the assistance of various professional bodies in facilitating invitations to their members and the respondents to the survey. Portions of this work were presented at the Second International Meeting on Internet & Audiology, Snekkersten, Denmark (September 2015).
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