Rural Telehealth Project Examines Palliative Care

Three Southeast hospitals are partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a study to determine whether a telehealth platform can improve palliative care options for rural African-Americans.

Community hospitals in Aiken, S.C., Alexander City, Ala., and Picayune, Miss., will coordinate the connected health project with a team led by Ronit Elk, PhD, associate director of the Southeast Institute for Innovation in Palliative and Supportive Care at UAB, and Marie Bakitas, DNSc, a professor in the UAB School of Nursing and the associate director of the Center for Palliative and Supportive Care.

“By living in a rural area, people with serious illness have a very high risk of not getting the right care,” Elk said in a press release supplied by UAB. “There are long distances to treatment centers, not enough healthcare professionals, and of those who are healthcare providers, there are very few with palliative care clinical experience.”

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