Models of care in rural and remote settings

Uneven distribution of health care resources is a contributing factor to poor treatment uptake in rural and remote regions of Australia. Successful models of care using a nurse practitioner and telehealth clinics supported by tertiary care specialists have been described in Australia and overseas.7,20 Real-time videoconferencing involving both patients and local clinical staff is designed to increase treatment uptake and build local capacity. Results from this and other similar models appear equivalent to traditional face-to-face clinics in tertiary care centres7,20 and have been associated with high levels of patient satisfaction.

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