Title

The Use of a World Wide Web-Based Consultation Site to Provide Support to Telephone Staff in a Traumatic Brain Injury Demonstration Project

Publication Date

12-1-2003

Document Type

Article

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Distance from expertise in traumatic brain injury (TBI) is often an impediment to appropriate TBI care from local health care providers, especially in rural areas. To overcome this barrier to care and to support a randomized, controlled trial of telephone follow-up after discharge from acute rehabilitation, we demonstrated the use of a confidential consultation Web site to provide expert recommendations and advice to front-line telephone staff at a different site. CONCLUSIONS: This use of Internet communication proved convenient to all users, improved client confidence, and served as an excellent training tool to less experienced staff. In addition, use of a Web-based consultation method provided for archiving of all discussions for later review.

Publication Title

The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

Volume

18

Issue

6

First Page

504

Last Page

511

Version

pre-print, post-print

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