Background Telehealth has been a very useful resource in primary care consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Objective The aim of this article is to examine primary care providers’ (PCPs’) and patients’ experiences of using video and telephone modalities and their perceptions of the quality of telehealth. Discussion Video consultations offer the advantage of enabling visualisation of a patient’s visual affect and physical appearance, and they are helpful in building therapeutic relationships. However, many PCPs and patients find telephone consultations of equal value, and this has been the preferred telehealth modality internationally. This may be due to challenges experienced by PCPs and patients with the set-up and use of video consultation technologies, and the quality of these experiences. Some members of a number of at-risk groups have experienced greater challenges with this. The future of telehealth in primary care requires its coherent integration into clinical infrastructure and substantial bolstering of community access and capacity to use both video and telephone modalities.
|Number of pages
|Australian Journal of General Practice
|Published - Mar 2022
- Video consultations