Resisting and promoting new technologies in clinical practice: the case of telepsychiatry
May, Carl, Gask, Linda, Atkinson, Theresa, Ellis, Nicola, Mair, Frances and Esmail, Aneez (2001) Resisting and promoting new technologies in clinical practice: the case of telepsychiatry. Social Science & Medicine, 52, (12), 1889-1901. (doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(00)00305-1).
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New telecommunications technologies promise to profoundly change the spatial and temporal relationship between health professional and patient. This paper reports results from an ethnographic study of the introduction of a videophone or ‘telemedicine’ system intended to facilitate faster and more convenient referral of patients with anxiety and depression in primary care, to a community mental health team. We explore the reasons for contest over the telemedicine system in practice, contrasting professionals’ critique of the technology in play with a more fundamental problem: the extent to which the telecommunications system threatened deeply embedded professional constructs about the nature and practice of therapeutic relationships.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||doi:10.1016/S0277-9536(00)00305-1|
|Keywords:||telemedicine, telepsychiatry, doctor–patient interaction, therapeutic relationships|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
|Date Deposited:||09 Sep 2010 08:43|
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2016 13:29|
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