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Background: Nowadays, the life-style displacement promotes the increasing of degenerative disease, such as cardiovascular disease, which since 1995, has been stated as the main cause of fatality in Indonesia. Telehealth was defined as the use of the telecommunication technology to support the health information and increase the health service. Telehealth in developed countries can improve the behavior of healthy living. Telehealth in Indonesia is expected to increase healthy lifestyles that can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and other degenerative diseases.
Objectives: This study aimed to explore perceptions of related experience in the nursing care of cardiovascular cases, experience in the use of telehealth and hopes in telehealth implementation in Indonesia.
Study Design: This study used a qualitative study with focus group discussions approach. Participants in this study are 64 nurses. The selection of participants was carried out using purposive sampling. The data of this research, which were in the form of transcript and field report from each group discussion of the FGD, was analyzed using the phenomenology method developed by Collaizi.
Results: The theme of nursing care was divided into 4 sub-themes that were: assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation. The subtheme of definition and hopes to telehealth was stated, “As far as I know, the heart hospital has used online system, so that if we want to do referral, the patient can consultation directly, but t I don’t know about the system. With Telehealth, nurses could observe the sign and symptoms from patient’s home.
Conclusion: The results of qualitative studies show that telehealth In Indonesia was limited. Expectations for the development of telehealth/telecardiology is to further facilitate consultation, communication and education can support the patient or a nurse.
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Author(s): Rr Tutik Sri Hariyati Junaiti Sahar
Cardiovascular, Nursing care, Telehealth, Tele-cardiology