News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Older Kiwis More Comfortable with Online GP Contact

Older Kiwis More Comfortable with Online GP Contact

A fifth of Kiwis aged 50 plus would be happy to forgo a face-to-face consultation with their GP if the convenience of a video conversation over the internet was available. Those aged under 30 were least open to the idea with just 17% comfortable with the option.

The recent survey sought the views of 2,000 New Zealanders.

Southern Cross Primary Care (SCPC) CEO Victor Klap said the results challenged preconceptions about older people’s willingness to engage with technology.

“You would assume that younger people would be more comfortable with doing things online. But in most cases, they probably have not had high health needs and therefore the same level of contact or relationship with their GP as an older person, or a person with children, may have. So that could be one reason behind the difference.”

Those aged 30-39 (24%) and 40-49 (22%) were most comfortable with the idea. Males (23%) were also more keen on the idea than females (17%).

The survey found that Kiwis visited their GP on average 3.4 times a year – rising to 4.3 times for the over 50s. Though the majority of those surveyed (60%) felt they visited their GP the right amount, a further 27% believed they did not see their GP frequently enough.

Klap said the potential for greater convenience from online video conversations may help to encourage more people to see the doctor when they needed.

“Obviously an online video conversation with your GP would only be appropriate for certain situations. But there could be a number of everyday, minor health queries from regular patients that could be answered this way initially, and if further investigation was needed a face-to-face consultation could be arranged.”

The findings add to those from a survey of 500 New Zealanders who had been to the doctor in the previous six months undertaken by SCPC in February 2012.

This found that 89% would consider making use of email communication with a GP or nurse through a secure website, while 94% would use an online booking system for some or all appointments.

93% would order repeat prescriptions via a secure website.

Klap said the higher level of comfort with a secure website than online video conversations could simply be a reflection of current use.

“New Zealanders are using online portals such as internet banking regularly, and of course many of us use email every day. For those who don’t regularly use internet video, the same level of comfort is not quite there yet. An assurance of privacy and security would be paramount before any online initiative was introduced.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Album Review And Rap Beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.

Tame Impala’s new album Currents has one of the hallmarks of an enduring album. At first listen it seems like good, if somewhat ordinary, pop but as you go back more and more layers unravel revealing deeply rich, expertly crafted songs. More>>

Flagging Enthusiasm: Gareth Morgan Announces Winner Of $20k Flag Competition

The winner of the Morgan Foundation’s $20,000 flag competition is “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan set up the competition because he had strong views on what the flag should represent but he couldn’t draw one himself. More>>

ALSO:

Books: The Lawson Quins Tell Their Incredible Story

They could have been any family of six children – except that five of them were born at once. It will come as a shock to many older New Zealanders to realise that Saturday July 25 is the Lawson quintuplets’ 50th birthday. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Wartime Women

Coinciding as it does with the movie Imitation Game which focusses on Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park (“BP”), this book is likely to attract a wide readership. It deserves to do so, as it illustrates that BP was very much more than Turing and his colleagues. More>>

Maori Language Commission: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2015

The theme for Māori Language Week 27 July – 2 August 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ ‘Nurture the language in parents’. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children” says Acting Chief Executive Tuehu Harris.. More>>

ALSO:

Live Music: Earl Sweatshirt Plays To Sold Out Bodega

The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news