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Nursing, Midwifery and Para Medicine University Student???s Attitude towards the Application of Tele Medicine in 2015 | Abstract

Journal of Research in Medical and Dental Science
eISSN No. 2347-2367 pISSN No. 2347-2545

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Nursing, Midwifery and Para Medicine University Student???s Attitude towards the Application of Tele Medicine in 2015

Author(s): Maryam Yousefzade, Mohsen Azad, Nasrin Davaridolatabadi

Abstract

Today, advanced technology particularly information technology has altered the face of life and social context worldwide. These changes have been of a considerable size especially in the realm of medicine. Tele medicine is characterized by the use of technology in communicating medical information and providing services through audio-visual systems while the two sides of the communication are physically apart. Contrary to developed countries, in Iran telemedicine is only restricted to certain areas due to high costs, low speed of data transmission and the high load of data to be transmitted. In the present descriptive, cross-sectional research, 306 students affiliated with the Nursing, Midwifery and Para medicine faculties of Hormozgan University of medical sciences were selected randomly through a stratified sampling method in 2015. The questionnaire used was comprised of two sections one including demographic information and the other including the extent of using technology in 5 domains. Cronbach’s alpha was used to test the reliability of the test. The data collected in each group were analyzed through parametric t test and ANOVA as well as non-parametric Man-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis. Chi-squared test was used as well for qualitative variables along with descriptive statistics via SPSS ver.19.0. A statistically significant correlation was found between sex and contextual factors as well as the beneficiaries’ factors (p=.026) and also between faculty and application domain (p=.08). Moreover, age was significantly correlated with organizational domain, technology, beneficiaries, information and contextual literacy. Place and level of education were correlated with none of these factors. Students of both faculties similarly paid more attention to organizational factors and access to high-speed internet among the technological factors had the most frequent application. These two, therefore, need to be attended carefully by the field specialists.

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