CE Article: An Introduction to Telehealth as a Service Delivery Model Within Occupational Therapy
Jana Cason, DHS, OTR/L
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Telehealth is an emerging service delivery model for occupational therapy that uses information and communication technologies to deliver evaluative, consultative, preventative, and therapeutic services to clients who are in a different location than the practitioner. This article defines terminology related to telehealth, outlines benefits of implementing a telehealth service delivery model within occupational therapy, examines current evidence, and discusses considerations and resources for legal and ethical practice using telehealth technologies.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Differentiate between key terms related to telehealth, including eHealth, mHealth, health informatics, telemedicine, and telerehabilitation
- Identify the benefits of using a telehealth service delivery model within occupational therapy.
- Recognize available resources, including official documents and practice guidelines, which can be used to facilitate legal and ethical practice using telehealth technologies.
Learning Level: Entry Level
Target audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
Content: Category 3: Professional Issues
Cason, J., (2012). An Introduction to Telehealth as a Service Delivery Model Within Occupational Therapy. OT Practice, 17(4), CE-1–CE-8.
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