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Table 4 Perception of the effects of telehealth (n = 39)

From: E-Health, another mechanism to recruit and retain healthcare professionals in remote areas: lessons learned from EQUI-ResHuS project in Mali

Perceived Benefits Recruitment mean (SD) Retention mean (SD)
Accessibility to continuing medical education 4.41 (1.07) 4.44 (0.73)
Ability to share experiences in the field with other people 4.39 (1.05) 4.15 (1.00)
Availability of multi-centric training 4.25 (1,02) 4.26 (0.86)
Opportunity to promote the health center 4.24 (1.13) 4.32 (0.91)
Participation in team meetings remotely 4.22 (1.13) 4.17 (1.00)
Improved quality of practice 4.18 (1.20) 4.32 (0.97)
Quick access to specialized resources 4.16 (1.12) 4.25 (1.00)
Opportunity to provide and receive distance learning 4.16 (1.14) 4.11 (1.05)
Direct access to specialized resources 4.08 (1.17) 4.27 (0.90)
Continuity of services 3 .97 (1.28) 4.14 (0.88)
Possibility to have a second opinion 3.76 (1.21) 3.91 (1.15)
Better perception of patients 3.75 (1.20) 4.06 (0.94)
Perceived drawbacks Recruitment Retention
Telehealth replaces most trainings providing by external partners 3.28 (1.41) 3.18 (1.57)
Telehealth competes for resource allocation with the purchase of medical equipment 3.17 (1.47) 2.73 (1.51)
Telehealth replaces a doctor on site 2.62 (1.42) 2.79 (1.62)
Telehealth means a lack of staff 2.09 (1.29) 2.06 (1.43)