Telehospice acceptance among providers: A multidisciplinary comparison

Karla T. Washington, George Demiris, Debra Parker Oliver, Michele Day

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Telehospice, the delivery of end-of-life care using telecommunications technologies, allows increased interaction between providers and patients. For telehospice to be successful, it must first be accepted by professionals as a useful and user-friendly method of service delivery. Existing research regarding provider acceptance of telehospice has been limited in geographic scope and has often excluded input from key members of the hospice team. This study measured telehospice acceptance in a national sample of hospice professionals from various disciplines (N = 160). Results indicate that acceptance was moderately high overall, although significant differences existed among individuals from different disciplines, with nurses and administrators generally indicating higher levels of acceptance than social workers and chaplains. Findings demonstrate that telehospice interventions will likely be more readily accepted by nursing and administrative staff members, while those employees who address primarily psychosocial issues may be reluctant to use such technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-457
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009


  • End-of-life
  • Hospice
  • Technology
  • Technology acceptance model
  • Telehospice
  • Videophone


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