A tele-otology course for primary care providers

Robert Eikelboom, S. Weber, Marcus Atlas, Q. Dinh, M.N. Mbao, M.A. Gallop

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The shortage of otolaryngologists and the high incidence of ear disease in remote areas are major problems in Australia. We have developed a multimedia course for primary care providers that incorporates material about ear anatomy and physiology, ear disease, video-otoscopy and telemedicine software. The computer-based course was followed by a practical one-day course. A multiple-choice test was given to participants before and at the end of the course and a form was used to record feedback. The course was conducted with 30 aboriginal health workers. The participants were able to obtain images of reasonable to good quality after a short period of training. There was an average improvement of about 25% in the test scores, and the feedback regarding the course was extremely positive. The CD-ROM and the Website provide a valuable resource to assist primary care providers in their care of patients with ear disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-22
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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