Survey of paediatricians' opinions on a regional paediatric telecardiology service

Brian A McCrossan, Nicola N Doherty, Andrew J Sands, Brian Grant, Brian G Craig, Chris G McCusker, Frank A Casey

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AIM: The aim of this study is to evaluate consultant general paediatricians' opinions of a UK paediatric telecardiology service.

METHODS: A structured questionnaire was developed and sent to all consultant paediatricians working in a district general hospital in Northern Ireland.

RESULTS: Paediatricians (n = 35) regarded the regional paediatric telecardiology service as very useful and of good value for money. Paediatricans in hospitals without access to telecardiology expressed a desire to join the network (86%, 12/14). More frequent use of the paediatric telecardiology service was associated with increased confidence in performing echocardiography and using the telemedicine equipment and a special interest in neonatology. The vast majority of paediatricians (32/35, 91%) believed that there should be a shared clinical responsibility for the patient following a teleconsultation. A total of 33/35 (94%) stated that the telephone costs of the consultation should be paid by the paediatrician but that the professional time of the cardiologist should be paid by the tertiary centre (29/35, 83%).

CONCLUSIONS: Paediatricians have consistently positive experiences of a regional paediatric telecardiology service. They believe that clinical responsibility is shared, and there should not be any professional fee for telemedicine activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-6
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Issue number6
Early online date17 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jun 2014

Bibliographical note

© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2014 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).


  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Cardiology/methods
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Heart Defects, Congenital/diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Pediatrics
  • Program Evaluation
  • Referral and Consultation/statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemedicine/organization & administration
  • United Kingdom


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