June 7, 2023
New Research: A Primer for Understanding and Utilizing Telesupervision with Healthcare Trainees
Take a look at this Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science (JTiBS) article examining telesupervision practices within healthcare published by Perle and Zheng (2023).
The COVID-19 pandemic has led many professions to reflect on the appropriate use of technology within supervision and training. This article highlights special considerations for supervisory practices around technology within healthcare. Authors define telesupervision as “supervision of a trainee from a distance through the use of technology”.
The article highlights specific skills that may be targeted within supervision in a healthcare setting.
The article also highlights a variety of options for providing supervision services using technology.
The article highlights various benefits of telesupervision in practice. Benefits of telesupervision include access to more specialized supervisors, promotion of equity and inclusion, greater breadth of knowledge from supervisors, reduced costs to trainee and supervisor due to reduced travel time, increased scheduling flexibility, and the potential to reduce perceived impacts of hierarchical issues between trainee and supervisor.
Challenges include potential data breaches and confidentiality concerns, need for further planning, need to develop a backup plan should the initial supervision plan not be possible, planning for patient emergencies, need for further self-monitoring to reduce supervisor distractions during supervision, possible re-budgeting of time to allow for additional discussion of the impact of technological factors in service, and consideration of interjurisdictional factors with the possibility of practicing across state lines.
The article highlights a possible 4 pronged approach to completing telesupervision. These components include:
This article highlights important considerations in providing telesupervision within healthcare. The article acknowledges that further training may be necessary for supervisors to understand the complexities of adapting skills over technology and ensuring competent practice.