Are we ready for teleaudiology?

data from Malaysia

Mohd Fadzil Nor Bin Rashid, Quar Tian Kar, Foong Yen Chong, Nashrah Maamor

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Abstract

Purpose: The application of teleaudiology in the field of audiology has been regarded as a promising approach to improve the quality of services and access to healthcare. Ongoing studies are required to explore the willingness and attitudes of clinicians to use teleaudiology services in clinical practice. The objective of this study was to obtain preliminary data regarding audiologists’ perceptions of teleaudiology in Malaysia. Method: Forty-three audiologists in Malaysia participated in a survey to examine their views regarding teleaudiology. The survey was conducted by inviting the audiologists to complete the Malay version of ‘Attitudes toward Teleaudiology Scale for Practitioners (MyATS-P)’. MyATS-P consists of 41 items with four sections assessing the usage of information communication technology, perceived effect of teleaudiology, and willingness to use teleaudiology. Results: Approximately half of the respondents indicated that teleaudiology would have a positive effect on quality of care (54.41%), accessibility (62.79%), and professional practice (46.51%). The willingness of the respondents to use teleaudiology was dependent on the types of clinical tasks and client groups examined. Conclusion: This study confirmed that support for remote audiology testing in Malaysia was divided among the audiologists. Several measures were suggested to initiate teleaudiology practice in Malaysia and to encourage its use in the future.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSpeech, Language and Hearing
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Malaysia
Audiology
Professional Practice
Quality of Health Care
communication technology
information technology
Communication
Technology
Delivery of Health Care
Surveys and Questionnaires
Audiologists
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Keywords

  • attitudes
  • audiology
  • information communication technology (ICT)
  • Perception
  • remote testing
  • telehealth
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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Are we ready for teleaudiology? data from Malaysia. / Rashid, Mohd Fadzil Nor Bin; Tian Kar, Quar; Chong, Foong Yen; Maamor, Nashrah.

In: Speech, Language and Hearing, 01.01.2019.

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