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International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices

International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices (IJTMCP)

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International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices (3 papers in press)

Special Issue on: The Role of Respect in Medical Practice and Systems

  • Reflections on social learning environment and 21st century learning skills   Order a copy of this article
    by Brita Somerkoski, Päivi Granö, Teija Koskela 
    Abstract: This study investigated how international students were reflecting the social learning environment and 21st century learning skills. As part of their bachelor of art studies in Finland, the teacher trainees carried out the practical training in their homeland and produced portfolios about pedagogic solutions they used. Out of 139 (n = 139) portfolio text passages in total 46 (n = 46) were included in the data. In the theory-driven content analysis, we identified four dimensions: scarcity, individual, teamwork and professional development. The most of the passages contained reflections on communication or collaboration. The trainees reflected versatile learner-centred activities such as collaborative learning, pair work, debate and games. The teacher trainees implemented the ideas learned in Finland and transformed them in the context of their home country. The results of this study provide necessary information for quality assurance in the curriculum development in both countries.
    Keywords: learning environment; portfolio; learner-centred; 21st century learning skills; communication; collaboration.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTMCP.2023.10057246

Special Issue on: WIS2020 The Role of Respect in Medical Practice and Systems

  • Waiting times in health care: a literature review   Order a copy of this article
    by Riitta Söderlund 
    Abstract: Waiting times in healthcare are a major challenge in many countries. The objective of this literature review was to form a comprehensive understanding of studies on waiting times in healthcare, especially in which healthcare areas and why the issue has been studied. For data searching, a multi-scientific database and the keywords waiting time and waiting lists were used. There were 95 articles included in the review. Two-thirds of the articles handled waiting times for surgical procedures or hospital care. None of the articles analysed waiting for visiting a general practitioner. Regarding the study purposes, one-sixth of the articles were related to clinical outcomes or patient satisfaction. The rest focused on policy and management issues of waiting times. Studies on waiting times for primary care are needed. For better management, research on information management of waiting times data is of great importance.
    Keywords: healthcare; literature review; waiting lists; waiting time.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTMCP.2022.10051080
  • Categorising the personal health record - a systematic review and analysis of the terms use in the literature   Order a copy of this article
    by Jani Koskinen, Minna M. Rantanen 
    Abstract: The purposes of this article are to investigate how the term personal health record (PHR) is used in the literature and to offer a proposal for future uses of the term. A systematic literature review was conducted to identify and analyse the use of PHR definitions. Four databases were reviewed: ScienceDirect, IEEE Xplore, ProQuest and PubMed. We found and screened a total of 1,781 articles published between 2000 and 2017, only 233 (19%) of which defined PHR. These definitions often conflicted with or even contradicted one another. Even the most commonly used definitions did not properly define PHR, focusing instead on specific attributes and functionalities of PHRs or setting questionable limitations on what should be seen as a PHR. Thus, a clear and systematic categorisation for defining PHRs is needed, and one is offered in this article. This kind of hierarchical definition allows for flexible use of the term. When a term is defined with different levels of abstraction, it offers a flexible focus for other purposes while still fulfilling the need for a clear definition.
    Keywords: personal health record; PHR; review; definition; terminology; hierarchy; categorisation; taxonomy.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJTMCP.2022.10052160