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.
Bibliographical note© 2014 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2014 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians).
- Attitude of Health Personnel
- Child, Preschool
- Cross-Sectional Studies
- Heart Defects, Congenital/diagnosis
- Infant, Newborn
- Monitoring, Physiologic
- Program Evaluation
- Referral and Consultation/statistics & numerical data
- Surveys and Questionnaires
- Telemedicine/organization & administration
- United Kingdom