Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Patient perceptions of Telehealth: new paper

The results of a qualitative study conducted by the group have been published online. The study explored experiences of people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and healthcare professionals, when they participated in a pilot trial of Telehealth. A combination of qualitative interviews and open-ended questionnaires were used, and a total of 29 participants were included.

Patients with COPD were randomised to receive either standard care (a series of home visits from COPD nurses) or Telehealth. The latter involved entering symptom and vital sign information into a Telehealth device, and this information was then transmitted to the COPD nursing team to review and identify any changes in the patient’s health. Overall patients were very positive about the service (e.g. feelings of greater safety and reassurance) despite reduced face to face to contact with COPD nurses. Telehealth may be an acceptable alternative to more-traditional home visits.

The full text can be accessed for free via this link.

Written by Claire Bentley and Debbie Fitzsimmons

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