Given the high rate of sexually transmissible infections among young people and limited rural access to specialist healthcare, an Australian telemedicine service was piloted. Clients’ views were investigated.
All clients aged 15–24 were given a questionnaire. A sub-sample was interviewed.
The service was used by 25 rural youths aged 15–24; 18 returned the questionnaire, 4 were interviewed. All had a telephone consultation. They reported being satisfied with the service; most preferred the telemedicine service to consulting a doctor in person.
Online video consultations for sexual health may not yet be accep to young people in Australia.
Garrett CC, Kirkman M, Chen MY, Cummings R, Fuller C, Hocking J, et al. Clients’ views on a piloted telemedicine sexual health service for rural youth. Sex Health [Internet]. 2012 Mar 30;Online Early. Available from: http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/SH11022