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Factors affecting the adoption of tele-healthcare in the United Kingdom: the policy context and the problem of evidence

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Journal publication date09/2001
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Number of pages4
Original languageEnglish


The adoption of telehealthcare in the United Kingdom has been slow and fragmented. This paper presents a structural explanation for this by contrasting contending themes in recent UK health policy. It is argued that the conflict between trends towards modernization and demands for evidence-based practice have made it difficult for a major policy agency to emerge that can sponsor service development, and so proponents of telehealthcare have been forced to situate their work within the domain of R and D. This has led to a fragmented field of practice characterized by short-term and small-scale projects.