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Telehealth as a service delivery model is increasing in popularity. Knowledge and use of telehealth technology will be a new mandatory learning outcome in occupational therapy curriculums with the implementation of the 2018 Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education standards. However, it is not known how healthcare programs are currently incorporating telehealth into education or which methods of telehealth education are most effective. This study addressed this gap in the literature using Arksey and O’Malley’s five-step methodological process to conduct a scoping review to examine the student experience of delivering healthcare services via telehealth and related learning outcomes. The scoping review encompassed eight databases with inclusion criteria of articles that discussed student learning outcomes, telehealth or telemedicine, and the student experience of delivering telehealth services. The research team screened 955 articles, reviewed 24 full-text articles, and came to a consensus on six articles to include in the review. Findings suggested a high level of student satisfaction related to the experience of delivering healthcare services using telehealth. Results indicated that students have a variety of related learning outcomes including increased knowledge of their professional practice, increased cultural competence, increased knowledge of how to work on interprofessional teams, and increased knowledge and skill in the use of technology. The review revealed a need for objective measures to examine specific student learning outcomes related to utilizing telehealth as a service delivery method. Additionally, the review indicated a need for future research to identify best educational practices for teaching students about telehealth.
Katrina M. Serwe, PhD, OTR/L is an Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Makayla Heindel, OTS, Isabel Keultjes, OTS, Hailey Silvers, OTS, and Samantha Stovich, OTS are occupational therapy students in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program at Concordia University Wisconsin.
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Serwe, K. M., Heindel, M., Keultjes, I., Silvers, H., & Stovich, S. (2020). Telehealth Student Experiences and Learning: A Scoping Review. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 4 (2). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2020.040206
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