Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

2017

School

School of Nursing

Major

Nursing (B.S.N.)

Keywords

American Indian, Alaska Native, telemedicine, telehealth

Disciplines

Medical Sciences | Nursing | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

When compared to other Americans’ health, a worse health status is seen among the American Indian and Alaska Native population. American Indians and Alaska Natives are faced with numerous disparities in healthcare, such as decreased access to healthcare. Additionally, healthcare data about this group are missing. Although health beliefs and traditions can differ among tribes, there are also similarities. Telemedicine is the use of technology (i.e., phone, videoconferencing) to deliver healthcare. This healthcare service may be beneficial for this population’s healthcare needs because of telemedicine’s possible advantages. Although telemedicine also has disadvantages, a knowledge of and respect for American Indian and Alaska Native cultures can help to overcome the disadvantages.

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