- •In Africa, most patients with Parkinson's disease are underdiagnosed and untreated.
- •Health care providers traditionally have little access to continuing training.
- •In this web-education course, 33 health care providers were included.
- •Post-course access of patients with Parkinson's disease to health care was unchanged.
- •Tele-education is feasible, but better access to health care should be ensured.
In Sub-Saharan countries, most patients with Parkinson's disease are underdiagnosed and untreated, with a marked shortage of qualified personnel.
To develop a tele-education Parkison's disease program for health providers in Douala (Cameroon).
Feasibility, satisfaction, pre-post course medical knowledge improvement and patients' access were analyzed.
Twenty lectures over the course of a year which connected participants with movement disorder experts using live, synchronous video conferences, and teaching materials were given. Thirty-three health professionals (52.4% women) including 16 doctors, and 17 allied health professionals and 18 speakers participated. Videoconferences were successfully completed in 80%, participation ranged from 20% to 70%, and satisfaction was at least above average in 70% of the participants. Whereas medical knowledge was dramatically improved, post-course patient access was not changed.
Tele-education for movement disorders in low-income countries is feasible. However, better access and patient care should be ensured as the final outcome for tele-health education. A sustainability plan is crucial to continue with this important need.
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Published online: July 14, 2015
Accepted: July 13, 2015
Received in revised form: June 22, 2015
Received: May 22, 2015
☆Funding: This study was sponsored by the Telemedicine Task Force of the International Parkinson's disease and Movement Disorder Society.
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