Publication Date

Spring 2020

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Nisha Nair

Second Advisor

Christopher Patty

Third Advisor

Ryan Gates


Willingness, Telehealth, Diabetes, Rural Health


Diabetes is a disease that has far reaching physically and financially consequences. This disease has shown to increase morbidity and mortality, along with increasing overall healthcare costs. Optimal management of diabetes may require a multidisciplinary approach across the span of multiple encounters with the diabetic patient. Considering the nature of diabetes, integration of telehealth has the opportunity to improve diabetes management by improving healthcare outcomes, along with potential cost savings. However, the use of novel technology like telehealth is only as useful if patients are willing to use it. Thus, this survey aimed to determining whether patients within a rural family medicine clinic in Central California would be willing to use telehealth if it were made available. Findings of this study indicated that age, smartphone ownership, and having Internet access were factors that determined whether participants were likely or not to use telehealth. Identifying determining factors provided an initial data set of the target population regarding willingness to use telehealth if made available. This data set has the potential to be used to design a potential telehealth program that would be tailor-made to cater to the preferences of patients who attend the rural family medicine clinic in Central California for care. This study provided the foundation for a possible telehealth program in the future at the site of this study.


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