What are the perspectives of speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists on using telehealth videoconferencing for service delivery to children with developmental delays? A systematic review of the literature

Grant, Claire, Jones, Anne, and Land, Helen (2022) What are the perspectives of speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists on using telehealth videoconferencing for service delivery to children with developmental delays? A systematic review of the literature. Australian Journal of Rural Health. (In Press)

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Abstract

Objective: To identify the attitudes and perspectives of speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists on using telehealth videoconferencing for service delivery to children with developmental delays.

Design: Systematic Literature Review.

Method: An electronic search of databases Scopus, CINAHL, MEDLINE, PEDro, Speechbite, OTseeker and ScienceDirect was undertaken in October 2020. Articles were compared with eligibility criteria by 2 authors. All articles were appraised for quality and level of evidence.

Findings: Fourteen studies were deemed to be eligible. Results were synthesised using a narrative analysis. The themes identified were technology, self-efficacy, replacement of face-to-face services, time management, relationships, access and family-centred care. Each of these themes was seen as both a potential barrier and a facilitator when trying to provide services via telehealth.

Conclusions: The results in this review cannot be generalised due to small sampling size, low response rates, lack of maximum variation sampling and under-representation of occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Study design was either mixed-methods survey or interview or only survey or interview. Risk of bias in studies was high. Further research is required including comparison studies and cost-benefit analysis.

Item ID: 73162
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: attitudes, occupational therapy, perspectives, physiotherapy, speech pathology, telepractice and children
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. Australian Journal of Rural Health published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of National Rural Health Alliance Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited and is not used for commercial purposes.
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 06:00
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420106 Physiotherapy @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420104 Occupational therapy @ 25%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420110 Speech pathology @ 25%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200105 Treatment of human diseases and conditions @ 25%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200399 Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified @ 25%
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