Creation of an Evidence-Based Telehealth Training Module for Primary Care Provider Preceptors Servicing Vulnerable Populations
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Problem Despite its potential, telehealth is underutilized in practice, with barriers related to negative provider attitudes. More preceptors are needed that can provide telehealth education and clinical experiences to DNP-FNP students. Objective Increasing the number of providers who deliver telehealth care will allow for increased clinical experiences for DNP-FNP students, and will increase patient access to care. To accomplish this, an evidence-based telehealth training module (TTM) was created for preceptors. Background Telehealth is a disruptive technology that requires a different type of patient care skill set. Nurse practitioners should be ready and able to provide telehealth care, as telehealth is efficacious, cost effective, and can increase access to care. Telehealth education and hands-on experience in most nursing schools is lacking, due to barriers related to full curriculums and faculty that are unfamiliar with telehealth. Methods The Technology Acceptance Model provided a framework for the TTM layout, which focused on increasing perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use, leading to increased positive attitudes towards telehealth. Literature review and training needs analysis via semi-structured interviews with telehealth/community and education/technology experts were utilized to develop course content and learning objectives. Results This DNP project created an evidence-based TTM that educates current providers about telehealth, equipment use and the need for telehealth preceptorship. Potential Significance This evidence-based TTM can be used to educate preceptors about telehealth use and benefits and has the potential to increase preceptor willingness to use equipment in clinical rotations.