Knowledge and Perception of Health Workers Towards Tele-Medicine Application in a New Teaching Hospital in Lagos

Posted: 17 Aug 2017 Last revised: 20 Aug 2017

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Lukeman Shittu

Jireh Laboratories International LLC; Houston Community College, Department of Biology; University of Abuja, Department of Anatomical Sciences; Benue State University, Department of Anatomy; Lagos State University - Department of Anatomy

O Adesanya

Lagos State University

M Izegbu

Lagos State University

A Oyewopo

Lagos State University

A Arigbabuwo

Lagos State University

O.A. Ashiru

Lagos State University - Department of Anatomy

Date Written: January 1, 2007

Abstract

To determine the perception of health workers in the health-care towards tele-medicine application in a new tertiary teaching hospital, a modified structured questionnaire using a prospective postal survey was administered to a cross-section of health workers in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH)/Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM). Only 60.9% of respondents were familiar with this new emerging concept of tele-medicine/tele-health in the health care system. Although, 50% of health workers had expressed concern about the ethical and medico-legal consideration of tele medicine practice, this was irrespective of their socio-religious background. The principal factors weighing in favour of willingness to use tele-health services were knowledge of telehealth applications (28.1%); perception of tele-health benefits (14.1%), reduced barriers to tele-health care among others. Most of the respondents believed that tele-health would enhance direct access to health care services (23.4%), improve quality of care (14.1%) among others. It is desirable to offer telemedicine to patients especially for emergency and chronic medical conditions.

Keywords: Perception, Knowledge, Health workers, Lagos, Teaching Hospital, Telemedicine, Telehealth

JEL Classification: I10

Suggested Citation

Shittu, Lukeman and Adesanya, O and Izegbu, M and Oyewopo, A and Arigbabuwo, A and Ashiru, O.A., Knowledge and Perception of Health Workers Towards Tele-Medicine Application in a New Teaching Hospital in Lagos (January 1, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3017604

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Ikeja, Lagos
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O Adesanya

Lagos State University ( email )

Lagos/bagagry express road lagos nigeria.
PMB 0001 LASU OJO Lagos Nigeria
Lagos, 234
Nigeria

M Izegbu

Lagos State University ( email )

Lagos/bagagry express road lagos nigeria.
PMB 0001 LASU OJO Lagos Nigeria
Lagos, 234
Nigeria

A Oyewopo

Lagos State University ( email )

Lagos/bagagry express road lagos nigeria.
PMB 0001 LASU OJO Lagos Nigeria
Lagos, 234
Nigeria

A Arigbabuwo

Lagos State University ( email )

Lagos/bagagry express road lagos nigeria.
PMB 0001 LASU OJO Lagos Nigeria
Lagos, 234
Nigeria

O.A. Ashiru

Lagos State University - Department of Anatomy

Ikeja, Lagos
Nigeria

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