Profile and Motivation of Women Enrolled in the Brazilian Telemedicine and Telehealth Postgraduation Distance Education Programme


Keywords: Telemedicine, Telehealth, Women, education, postgraduate, Brazil


Purpose:  Women’s participation in Telehealth is increasing around the world and they should be prepared to work in this new job market. The aim of this study was to evaluate the profile and motivation of women enrolled in the Brazilian Postgraduate Programme on Telemedicine and Telehealth. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from May to July 2018 of all women enrolled in the postgraduate programme using an anonymous online Google form. It consisted of a multiple choice form regarding: age, number of children, profession, date of graduation, current occupation, current number of jobs, workload, postgraduate programmes completed,  duration of Telehealth experience  and motivation to enrol on the Programme.  Data collected were exported to an Excel® sheet, summarised and analysed. Results: Of 44 women, 36 completed the survey. Mean age and time passed since graduation were respectively 43.5±13.5 years and 18±17 years for student and 53±13.5 years and 31.5±8.5 for professors; 25 women have at least one child, work more than 30 hours weekly and 10 of them work in two jobs.  Health professionals and health occupations were predominant in both groups. Most students had little or no experience in Telehealth.  The decreasing order of frequency motivation was professional refinement (63.8%), job opportunity (55.5%), financial gain (52.7%) and innovation (38.8%). Conclusion: Regardless of age, children, workload and professional qualification, the major women's motivation for enrolling in the Telehealth Postgraduate Programme is to professional refinement in this field.

Author Biographies

Alexandra Monteiro, Teleheath Center of Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil
Barbara Monteiro Grisolia, Rio de Janeiro State University
Juliana Cardoso, Telehealth Centre of Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil
Munique Santos, Telehealth Centre of Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil


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How to Cite
Monteiro, A., Grisolia, B., Cardoso, J., & Santos, M. (2019). Profile and Motivation of Women Enrolled in the Brazilian Telemedicine and Telehealth Postgraduation Distance Education Programme. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 7, e3 (1-4).
Special Theme: Women in eHealth