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General Public Perceptions and Perceived Barriers Toward the Use of Telehealth: A Cross-Sectional Study from Jordan

HumanInsight General Public Perceptions and Perceived Barriers Toward the Use of Telehealth: A Cross-Sectional Study from Jordan

Telemed J E Health. 2023 Feb 17. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2022.0491. Online ahead of print.


Background: Telemedicine implies the provision of health care services, such as diagnosis, treatment, and consultation related to different disease states remotely through harnessing a variety of technologies. Aim: Despite the widespread global applications related to telehealth, there are limited research articles exploring the perceptions and barriers related to telehealth implementation in developing countries such as Jordan. Thus, this study was conducted to explore general public perceptions regarding the provision of health care services through different technological devices and to examine perceived barriers and facilitators. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted for 6 months. Participants were recruited through different social media portals. A convenient sample from the Jordanian population was approached. A total of 1,136 responses were collected and included in the final analysis, which was done by the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS version 25). Results: A total of 1,136 responses were valid for further analysis. The results of this study expressed that the public has positive perceptions toward the use of telemedicine with the majority being capable of using telehealth based on having an active internet connection, technological devices, and the ability to use social media accounts or instant messaging services. Logistic regression analysis revealed that those with comorbid diseases and higher summated capability scores (p = -0.017 and p < 0.001, respectively) had a statistically significant relationship with willingness to use telehealth as reflected by stating a clear intention to use telehealth services once available. Conclusion: In conclusion, the Jordanians had positive perceptions toward the use of telehealth services. However, their willingness to use telehealth services was affected by limited knowledge about the service. Telehealth offers the opportunity to provide quality care and improve patient outcomes, especially for the inhabitants of rural areas or in cases where access to health care facilities is compromised such as pandemics.

PMID:36800178 | DOI:10.1089/tmj.2022.0491

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