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The Application of Drones in Healthcare and Health-Related Services in North America: A Scoping Review

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Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, FIMS & Nursing Building, Western University, London, ON N6A 5B9, Canada
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School of Health Studies, Labatt Health Sciences Building, Western University, London, ON N6A 3K7, Canada
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Department of Health Information Sciences, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, FIMS & Nursing Building, Western University, London, ON N6A 3K7, Canada
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Drones 2020, 4(3), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030030
Received: 10 June 2020 / Revised: 30 June 2020 / Accepted: 2 July 2020 / Published: 4 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Drones for Medicine Delivery and Healthcare Logistics)
Using drone aircraft to deliver healthcare and other health-related services is a relatively new application of this technology in North America. For health service providers, drones represent a feasible means to increase their efficiency and ability to provide services to individuals, especially those in difficult to reach locations. This paper presents the results of a scoping review of the research literature to determine how drones are used for healthcare and health-related services in North America, and how such applications account for human operating and machine design factors. Data were collected from PubMed, CINAHL, Scopus, Web of Science, and IEEE Xplore using a block search protocol that combined 13 synonyms for “drone” and eight broad terms capturing healthcare and health-related services. Four-thousand-six-hundred-and-sixty-five documents were retrieved, and following a title, abstract, and full-text screening procedure completed by all authors, 29 documents were retained for analysis through an inductive coding process. Overall, findings indicate that drones may represent a financially feasible means to promote healthcare and health-related service accessibility for those in difficult-to-reach areas; however, further work is required to fully understand the costs to healthcare organizations and the communities they serve. View Full-Text
Keywords: healthcare; health services; health applications; Canada; United States; community engagement; drones healthcare; health services; health applications; Canada; United States; community engagement; drones
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Hiebert, B.; Nouvet, E.; Jeyabalan, V.; Donelle, L. The Application of Drones in Healthcare and Health-Related Services in North America: A Scoping Review. Drones 2020, 4, 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030030

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Hiebert B, Nouvet E, Jeyabalan V, Donelle L. The Application of Drones in Healthcare and Health-Related Services in North America: A Scoping Review. Drones. 2020; 4(3):30. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030030

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Hiebert, Bradley, Elysée Nouvet, Vyshnave Jeyabalan, and Lorie Donelle. 2020. "The Application of Drones in Healthcare and Health-Related Services in North America: A Scoping Review" Drones 4, no. 3: 30. https://doi.org/10.3390/drones4030030

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