Posted by:6 February, 2012
Does telehealth threaten the nurse/patient relationship? What do you think?
The Queen’s Nursing Institute has launched a new drive to encourage district nurses to make the best use of new communications technology such as telehealth systems. A report published by the institute said some district nursing teams had already made significant changes to their practice as a result of new technology but others lagged behind.
The report said: “The first, and possibly the biggest issue is the attitudes of professionals to the adoption of new technologies, and their readiness to embrace such changes to practice.”
It cited a Royal College of Nursing survey from 2010 in which 20% of 1,300 respondents thought an electronic patient record could be a “threat” to the nurse-patient relationship.
But the report said communications technology was becoming part of “mainstream” community nursing provision and was “no longer just a series of interesting pilot projects”.
QNI director Rosemary Cook said: “Technology is transforming the way that care is delivered, as well as the relationship between the patient and the professional.
“It doesn’t replace the nurse, or the need for a high level of both clinical skills and interpersonal skills in community nurses. Technology only works for patients when it is combined with expert, relationship-based care.”
From Behind the Rituals
Why do you do the things you do? How much of nursing practice is based on ritual and myth and how much on sound evidence? If you have a ritual you’d like to discuss here, email firstname.lastname@example.org