Remote general practice supervision with video cameras: Insights for the global COVID-19 pandemic

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There is growing evidence regarding the effectiveness of registrar training through video cameras, which has relevance for quality supervision during times of crises such as the global COVID-19 pandemic. METHOD: Interviews were conducted in 2012 with supervisors, registrars and patients evaluating video camera use for tele-supervision across six rural sites in Gippsland, Australia. Thematic analysis was employed in 2013 - and re-examined in 2021 in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic - to explore user experience with video technology. RESULTS: Participants identified advantages of video supervision addressing distance and temporal issues, also emphasising quality supervision and education. Challenges included patient confidentiality, internet stability and loss of serendipitous 'corridor conversations'. DISCUSSION: Remote supervision is no longer simply an issue for rural and remote training. During crises such as a global pandemic, tele-supervision becomes the purview of all. There are distinct merits and limitations in adopting video technology, warranting consideration of individual training contexts. These findings can help inform remote supervision via video in varied milieu.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-702
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of General Practice
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2022

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