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Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare

Fiona H McKay, Christina Cheng, Annemarie Wright, Jane Shill, Hugh Stephens, Mary Uccellini
INTRODUCTION: Increasing smartphones access has allowed for increasing development and use of smart phone applications (apps). Mobile health interventions have previously relied on voice or text-based short message services (SMS), however, the increasing availability and ease of use of apps has allowed for significant growth of smartphone apps that can be used for health behaviour change. This review considers the current body of knowledge relating to the evaluation of apps for health behaviour change...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Chiara Zucchella, Massimo Di Santis, Biagio Ciccone, Massimiliano Pelella, Marina Scappaticci, Giovanna Badalassi, Susanna Lavezzi, Michelangelo Bartolo
INTRODUCTION: Preliminary evidences showed that telemedicine may allow a reduction of costs and an enhancement of patients' satisfaction and quality of life (QoL), with the same effectiveness of conventional methods of healthcare delivery. Literature is quite absent in relation to the use of telemedicine for patients with disorders of consciousness (DoC) whose management is delegated almost entirely to the family. In order to promote an alternative setting to manage persons affected by DoC, also supporting their families, a pilot project was designed to test the feasibility of home-care assistance based on a system of telemonitoring...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Liam J Caffery, Mutaz Farjian, Anthony C Smith
We undertook a scoping review of the published literature to identify and summarise key findings on the telehealth interventions that influence waiting times or waiting lists for specialist outpatient services. Searches were conducted to identify relevant articles. Articles were included if the telehealth intervention restructured or made the referral process more efficient. We excluded studies that simply increased capacity. Two categories of interventions were identified - electronic consultations and image-based triage...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Rebecca E Guilkey, Claire B Draucker, Jingwei Wu, Zhangsheng Yu, Kurt Kroenke
INTRODUCTION: Persistent musculoskeletal pain is a prevalent, disabling, and often undertreated condition. This paper examines the acceptability of a telecare intervention for this condition. METHODS: The Stepped Care to Optimize Pain Care Effectiveness (SCOPE) intervention couples automatic symptom monitoring (ASM) with optimized analgesic care management by a nurse-physician team. Data from participants in the telecare intervention arm (n = 124) of a randomized control trial of SCOPE were analysed to determine the acceptability of the telecare intervention as indicated by patient use and satisfaction...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Daniel F Gros, Cynthia Luethcke Lancaster, Cristina M López, Ron Acierno
INTRODUCTION: Although there is growing support that evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) delivered in-person and through telehealth are equivalent in terms of symptom reduction for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there has been far less investigation comparing these treatment modalities in terms of patient satisfaction. The present study investigated participant satisfaction and perception of the quality of service delivery within a clinical trial comparing the delivery of an EBP, Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD, through home-based telehealth and in-person services...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Henrik Koblauch, Sasha M Reinhardt, Waltraut Lissau, Pia-Lis Jensen
INTRODUCTION: Telepsychiatric modalities are used widely in the treatment of many mental illnesses. It has also been proposed that telepsychiatric modalities could be a way to reduce readmissions. The purpose of the study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature on the effects of telepsychiatric modalities on readmissions in psychiatric settings. METHODS: We conducted a systematic literature search in MEDLINE, CINAHL, Embase, Cochrane, PsycINFO and Joanna Briggs databases in October 2015...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Christopher G Brennan-Jones, Robert H Eikelboom, Rebecca J Bennett, Karina Fm Tao, De Wet Swanepoel
INTRODUCTION: Remote interpretation of automated audiometry offers the potential to enable asynchronous tele-audiology assessment and diagnosis in areas where synchronous tele-audiometry may not be possible or practical. The aim of this study was to compare remote interpretation of manual and automated audiometry. METHODS: Five audiologists each interpreted manual and automated audiograms obtained from 42 patients. The main outcome variable was the audiologist's recommendation for patient management (which included treatment recommendations, referral or discharge) between the manual and automated audiometry test...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Daniel Peretz, Antonia Arnaert, Norma Ponzoni
INTRODUCTION: Remote patient monitoring (RPM) in conjunction with home nursing visits is becoming increasingly popular for the follow-up of patients with chronic conditions and evidence exists that it improves patients' health outcomes. Current cost data is reported inconsistently and often gathered from studies of poor methodological quality, making it difficult for decision-makers who consider implementing this service in their organizations. This study reviewed the cost of RPM programmes targeting elderly patients with chronic conditions...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Abdullah Kashgary, Roaa Alsolaimani, Mahmoud Mosli, Samer Faraj
INTRODUCTION: In the last few years, the use of telecommunication and mobile technology has grown significantly. This has led to a notable increase in the utilization of this telecommunication in healthcare, namely phone calls and text messaging (SMS). However, evaluating its global impact on improving healthcare processes and outcomes demands a more comprehensive assessment. In this study, we focused on the role of mobile devices via phone calls and SMS in patient-doctor communication, and aimed to assess its impact on various health outcomes...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Katie J Seidler, Ryan P Duncan, Marie E McNeely, Madeleine E Hackney, Gammon M Earhart
People with Parkinson disease (PD) demonstrate improvements in motor function following group tango classes, but report long commutes as a barrier to participation. To increase access, we investigated a telerehabilitation approach to group tango instruction. Twenty-six people with mild-to-moderate PD were assigned based on commute distance to either the telerehabilitation group (Telerehab) or an in-person instruction group (In-person). Both groups followed the same twice-weekly, 12-week curriculum with the same instructor...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Michel Tiede, Sarah Dwinger, Lutz Herbarth, Martin Härter, Jörg Dirmaier
INTRODUCTION: The *Equal of heart failure patients can be improved to some extent by disease self-management. One method of developing such skills is telephone-based health coaching. However, the effects of telephone-based health coaching remain inconclusive. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a telephone-based health coaching for people with heart failure. METHODS: A total sample of 7186 patients with various chronic diseases was randomly assigned to either the coaching or the control group...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Liam J Caffery, Melinda Martin-Khan, Victoria Wade
Mixed methods research is important to health services research because the integrated qualitative and quantitative investigation can give a more comprehensive understanding of complex interventions such as telehealth than can a single-method study. Further, mixed methods research is applicable to translational research and program evaluation. Study designs relevant to telehealth research are described and supported by examples. Quality assessment tools, frameworks to assist in the reporting and review of mixed methods research, and related methodologies are also discussed...
September 3, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Liam J Caffery, Anthony C Smith, Natalie K Bradford
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August 29, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Amanda K Gilmore, Sarah M Wilson, Nancy A Skopp, Janyce E Osenbach, Greg Reger
INTRODUCTION: Technology-based mental health interventions are becoming increasingly common, and several have begun to target multiple outcomes in a single intervention. Recent developments in the treatment of co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder has led to the development and testing of technology-based interventions for these disorders. The current systematic review examined technology-based interventions designed to improve mental health outcomes among patients with co-occurring trauma symptoms and substance use...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Matthew Beard, Joseph F Orlando, Saravana Kumar
INTRODUCTION: There is consistent evidence to indicate people living in rural and remote regions have limited access to healthcare and poorer health outcomes. One way to address this inequity is through innovative models of care such as telehealth. The aim of this pilot trial was to determine the feasibility, appropriateness and access to a telehealth clinic. In this pilot trial, the telehealth clinic outcomes are compared with the outreach clinic. Both models of care are commonly utilised means of providing healthcare to meet the needs of people living in rural and remote regions...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Sean W McLaren, Dorota T Kopycka-Kedzierawski, Jed Nordfelt
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of predicting dental treatment modalities for children seen initially by means of a live-video teledentistry consultation. METHODS: A retrospective dental record review was completed of 251 rural pediatric patients from the Finger Lakes region of New York State who had an initial teledentistry appointment with a board-certified pediatric dentist located remotely at the Eastman Institute for Oral Health in Rochester, NY...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Edouard Piette, Michel Nougairède, Valerie Vuong, Beatrice Crickx, Viet-Thi Tran
INTRODUCTION: In France, 66% of patients forego getting specialized care by dermatologists because of difficulty obtaining appointments. Store-and-forward teledermatology could improve how promptly treatment begins by reducing the delay in obtaining a specialist's opinion. In this study, we compared the delay before care between general practitioners (GPs) using a store-and-forward teledermatology intervention and GPs addressing their patients with a standard referral letter. METHODS: We performed an open-label, pragmatic cluster-randomized controlled trial with two parallel arms...
August 5, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Wonshik Chee, Yaelim Lee, Eun-Ok Im, Eunice Chee, Hsiu-Min Tsai, Masakazu Nishigaki, Seon Ae Yeo, Marilyn M Schapira, Jun James Mao
INTRODUCTION: The necessity of culturally competent Internet Cancer Support Groups (ICSGs) for ethnic minorities has recently been highlighted in order to increase its attractiveness and usage. The purpose of this study was to determine the preliminary efficacy of a culturally tailored registered-nurse-moderated ICSG for Asian American breast cancer survivors in enhancing the women's breast cancer survivorship experience. METHODS: The study included two phases: (a) a usability test and an expert review; and (b) a randomized controlled pilot intervention study...
August 2, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Antonio D'Onofrio, Giuseppe Stabile, Alessandro Capucci, Claudia Amellone, Antonio De Simone, Loira Leoni, Giovanni Morani, Valter Bianchi, Monica Campari, Sergio Valsecchi, Gianfranco Buja
INTRODUCTION: A substantial number of heart failure patients undergoing implantation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) fail to receive beta-blockers, or receive them at a suboptimal dose. Remote monitoring (RM) is becoming the standard means of following up recipients of ICDs. However, the impact of this shift toward remote ICD follow-up on the quality of drug therapy management in current clinical practice is unknown. The present analysis was aimed at investigating the impact of RM on the dose of beta-blockers achieved, and its association with clinical outcome at 12 months...
October 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Berglind Smaradottir, Martin Gerdes, Santiago Martinez, Rune Fensli
INTRODUCTION: Organizational changes of health care services in Norway brought to light a need for new clinical pathways. This study presents the design and evaluation of an information system for a new telemedicine service for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients after hospital discharge. METHODS: A user-centred design approach was employed composed of a workshop with end-users, two user tests and a field trial. For data collection, qualitative methods such as observations, semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire were used...
October 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
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