Theoretical frameworks in telemedicine research

J Telemed Telecare. 2017 Jan;23(1):181-187. doi: 10.1177/1357633X15626650. Epub 2016 Jul 9.


The purposive use of theory is a foundational component of research, which underpins the design, methodology, measures, interventions, and interpretation of the research project. This should be considered from the time the nascent idea of the research is born, until the final interpretation of results and write up of the discussion. Several theories relevant to telemedicine are described, discussed, and linked to typical research questions in the field.

Keywords: Telemedicine; research methods; theoretical frameworks.

MeSH terms

  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical*
  • Psychological Theory
  • Research Design*
  • Telemedicine*