The acceptance of mobile teledermoscopy by primary care nurse practitioners in the state of Arizona

Delaney Stratton, Lois J. Loescher

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To conduct a pilot survey to assess acceptance of mobile teledermoscopy (MTD) by primary care nurse practitioners (NPs) working in Arizona.

DATA SOURCES: Sixty-two participants recruited from NP and academic listservs in Arizona completed an online survey prefaced by a MTD definition, device photographs, and a practice case, followed by 33 items measuring Teledermatology Technology Acceptance Model (TeleTAM) constructs.

CONCLUSIONS: Participants were highly interested in using MTD to assess skin lesions. They perceived MTD utility to greatly improve diagnosis and positively impact their practice. Most participants had never used MTD, but had high mean scores for MTD attitude and moderate scores for MTD perceived ease of use, perceived use, and facilitators of MTD. They had moderate scores for intention to use MTD. The construct facilitators (organizational infrastructure) were most strongly associated with intention to use MTD. Cronbach alphas were 0.70 or higher for all subscales except compatibility and habit.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Moderate acceptance of MTD may reflect NPs' knowledge of the technology, self-confidence for using it, or MTD financial constraints. Future research will address these factors to foster use of MTD by NPs, thereby improving patients' access to early skin lesion assessment and diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-293
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Keywords

  • Dermatology
  • cancer
  • primary care
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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