J Audiol Otol.  2018 Jul;22(3):120-127. 10.7874/jao.2017.00353.

Knowledge and Perceptions of Teleaudiology Among Audiologists: A Systematic Review

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Speech and Hearing, School of Allied Health Sciences, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India. rohitravi94@gmail.com
  • 2Department of Audiology and SLP, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
  • 3University of Queensland, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, Hearing Research Unit for Children, St Lucia, QLD, Australia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES
The knowledge and perception of teleaudiology among audiologists will determine the acceptance and success of teleaudiology practice. This systematic review was conducted to review the published literature on knowledge and perceptions of teleaudiology application among audiologists.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Five studies exploring knowledge and perceptions of teleaudiology application among audiologists published in the English language up to May 2017 were included.
RESULTS
Positive attitudes was observed across the studies regarding acceptance towards application of teleaudiology. The most common sources of knowledge were on the job, graduate studies, and continuing education programs. The major barriers to the uptake of application of teleaudiology were in terms of limitations in infrastructure, reimbursement, and licensure.
CONCLUSIONS
The study sheds light on the existing knowledge and perceptions of teleaudiology applications among audiologists. This will help in improving the existing teleaudiology services as well as overcome the challenges faced.

Keyword

Systematic-review; Telehealth; Audiologists

MeSH Terms

Education, Continuing
Licensure
Telemedicine
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