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Empowering Practitioners: Leveraging Computer Literacy and Health Locus of Control in Telepractice

Empowering Practitioners: Leveraging Computer Literacy and Health Locus of Control in Telepractice

The integration of technology into healthcare has revolutionized the way we approach patient care, particularly in the realm of telepractice. A recent study titled Computer Literacy and Health Locus of Control as Determinants for Readiness and Acceptability of Telepractice in a Head and Neck Cancer Population provides valuable insights that can help practitioners enhance their telepractice services.

This study focused on two key factors: computer literacy and health locus of control (HLC) among patients with oropharyngeal head and neck cancer (HNC). The findings indicate that the majority of these patients possess high levels of computer literacy and an internal HLC, making them well-suited for telepractice interventions.

Key Findings

Implications for Practitioners

Understanding these factors can help practitioners tailor their telepractice approaches to better meet the needs of their patients. Here are some actionable steps:

1. Enhance Patient Engagement

Given the high computer literacy and internal HLC among HNC patients, practitioners can leverage these traits to foster greater engagement in telepractice. Encouraging self-management and providing tools that patients can use independently will likely resonate well with this demographic.

2. Implement Asynchronous Models

Asynchronous telepractice, which allows patients to engage in therapy at their own pace without real-time interaction with a clinician, can be particularly effective. This model requires patients to take an active role in their therapy, aligning well with their internal HLC.

3. Provide Technical Support

While most patients are confident in using technology, providing robust technical support can address any potential barriers. Offering tutorials, helpdesks, and user-friendly platforms can enhance the overall telepractice experience.

4. Encourage Further Research

The study highlights the need for ongoing research to better understand the evolving needs and skills of patients. Practitioners are encouraged to stay informed about the latest developments in telepractice and to contribute to research efforts when possible.

To read the original research paper, please follow this link: Computer Literacy and Health Locus of Control as Determinants for Readiness and Acceptability of Telepractice in a Head and Neck Cancer Population.


Citation: Cartmill, B., Wall, L. R., Ward, E. C., Hill, A. J., & Porceddu, S. V. (2016). Computer Literacy and Health Locus of Control as Determinants for Readiness and Acceptability of Telepractice in a Head and Neck Cancer Population. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 8(2), 49-60. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2016.6203

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