Video conferencing vs talking face-to-face: is video suitable for supportive dialogue?

Taylor, Teri (2011) Video conferencing vs talking face-to-face: is video suitable for supportive dialogue? International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18 (7). pp. 392-403. ISSN 1759-779X

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Aims: This study aimed to explore the differences between conversations carried out face-to-face and those via video link, to see if the latter was suitable for supporting health care students.

The study's objectives were: to determine perceived differences between supportive conversations conducted via video link and those carried out face-to-face; and to explore potential causes of any perceived differences between the two methods of conversation.

Methods: The study used a mix of methods including dialogue simulation, transcript annotation, a questionnaire and focus group. Nine participants' perceptions of differences between the two media and causative factors were explored.

Findings: Participants expressed concerns over the use of video communication for emotionally-based dialogue because they perceived problems with eye contact, interpretation of non-verbal communication cues and limitations related to the two-dimensional nature of video conferencing.

Conclusions: Reduced perceptions of shared space (a phenomenon that is present in face-to-face dialogue) with two-dimensional communication may explain participant discomfort with video communications. New three-dimensional technologies may overcome this. The findings suggest there are implications for using video conferencing in health care delivery. Careful consideration is needed before non-direct support/contact methods are introduced in both education and health care in general.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 16th August 2013.
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
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Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2011 08:29
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 05:06

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