The Impact of an Educational Program on School-based Telehealth and Parent Willingness to Use Telehealth

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      • Parental awareness of school-based (SB) telehealth programs is a perceived barrier to utilization.
      • Utilization of SB telehealth programs can be improved by increasing awareness.
      • Increasing SB telehealth education leads to an increase in parental knowledge.


      This project assessed effectiveness of an educational program on parental knowledge and willingness to utilize telehealth. Emails were sent to 22,362 parents of children within the school-district. Sixty-four participants initiated the survey and 32 respondents completed pretests–posttests. Seventy-two percent were unaware of the school-based program. Of the remaining 28%, only 9% had children who were enrolled. Statistical significance was noted for perceived quality of care and parental general knowledge. Pretest 79% would allow their child to be seen using school-based telehealth; posttest 88% would. Findings indicate that increased education regarding school-based telehealth can increase utilization and increase access to care.


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      Lisa Wallace, DNP, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner with McLeod Physician Associates, McLeod Primary Care Partners in Florence, SC.


      Stephanie C. Davis, PhD, FNP-BC, is a professor and director of graduate programs, Clemson University School of Nursing, Clemson, SC, and can be contacted at [email protected] .


      Nancy Meehan, PhD, RN, is an associate professor, Clemson University School of Nursing, Clemson, SC.


      Veronica Parker, PhD, is a professor and director of the Center for Health Disparities Clemson University School of Nursing, Clemson, SC.


      Kathryn King, MD, MHS, is an associate executive medical director of Center for Telehealth Associate program Director of Medical University of South Carolina HRSA Telehealth Center of Excellence, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.