User satisfaction with realtime teleneurology

J Telemed Telecare. 1999;5(4):237-41. doi: 10.1258/1357633991933774.


User satisfaction (i.e. that of patients, medical staff at a remote hospital and medical staff at a neurological centre) with realtime teleneurology consultations was studied prospectively. Twenty-five patients with neurological problems admitted to a hospital without permanent neurological cover were assessed from a neurological centre by specialist neurologists using realtime video-links transmitting at 384 kbit/s. All users reported high levels of satisfaction with the technical aspects of the consultations. Patients, almost universally, reported confidence in teleneurology as a means of dealing with their presenting complaints. Similarly, medical staff at either site felt confident in managing patients using teleneurology and almost always felt that a telephone consultation would not have achieved as good an outcome. No major organizational problems were identified. These findings suggest overall user satisfaction with realtime teleneurology for managing patients with neurological problems admitted to hospitals that do not have resident neurologists.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Consumer Behavior*
  • Female
  • Health Personnel
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurologic Examination / methods
  • Neurologic Examination / standards*
  • Northern Ireland
  • Remote Consultation / standards*