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Title: Effect of culture on acceptance of telemedicine in Middle Eastern countries: Case study of Jordan and Syria
Authors: Alajlani, M
Clarke, M
Keywords: e-health;Telemedicine;Tlehealth
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Citation: Telemed J E Health, 19(4), 305 - 311, 2013
Abstract: We investigated issues that affect the use and adoption of telemedicine in Middle Eastern countries, taking the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Syrian Arab Republic as case studies. Our study is based on interviews with key stakeholders (including doctors, technicians, engineers, and decision makers) and questionnaires administered to key stakeholders (including patients), ensuring opinion was gained from people from a full range of backgrounds and roles in the healthcare system. We found doctor and patient resistance was a major issue preventing the adoption of telemedicine in both countries, followed by poor infrastructure, lack of funding, and lack of information technology training. Our research identifies that culture is a greater issue than technical matters for the adoption of telemedicine in Middle Eastern countries. Based on our preliminary results we developed a guideline framework for each country that might be applied to telemedicine projects at the pre-implementation phase. The proposed guideline framework was validated through a return visit to the stakeholders and seeking further opinion.
Description: © Mary Ann Liebert, INC.
ISSN: 1556-3669
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