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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...
July 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Sarah A Sterling, Samantha R Seals, Alan E Jones, Melissa H King, Robert L Galli, Kristen C Isom, Richard L Summers, Kristi A Henderson
Introduction Timely, appropriate intervention is key to improving outcomes in many emergent conditions. In rural areas, it is particularly challenging to assure quality, timely emergency care. The TelEmergency (TE) program, which utilizes a dual nurse practitioner and emergency medicine-trained, board-certified physician model, has the potential to improve access to quality emergency care in rural areas. The objective of this study was to examine how the implementation of the TE program impacts rural hospital Emergency Department (ED) operations...
July 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Jae Hyoung Cho, Hun-Sung Kim, Seung Hyun Yoo, Chang Hee Jung, Woo Je Lee, Cheol Young Park, Hae Kyung Yang, Joong Yeol Park, Sung Woo Park, Kun Ho Yoon
Introduction The aim of this study was to improve the quality of diabetes control and evaluate the efficacy of an Internet-based integrated healthcare system for diabetes management and safety. Methods We conducted a large-scale, multi-centre, randomized clinical trial involving 484 patients. Patients in the intervention group ( n = 244) were treated with the Internet-based system for six months, while the control group ( n = 240) received the usual outpatient management over the same period. HbA1c, blood chemistries, anthropometric parameters, and adverse events were assessed at the beginning of the study, after three months, and the end of the study...
July 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Elizabeth Kreuze, Carolyn Jenkins, Mathew Gregoski, Janet York, Martina Mueller, Dorian A Lamis, Kenneth J Ruggiero
Objective Suicide prevention is a high priority. Scalable and sustainable interventions for suicide prevention are needed to set the stage for population-level impact. This systematic review explores how technology-enhanced interventions target suicide risk and protective factors, using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2015) Risk and Protective Factors Ecological Model. Methods Information databases (PsycINFO, PubMed and CINAHL) were systematically searched and records including technology-enhanced interventions for suicide prevention ( n = 3764) were reviewed...
July 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Mirella Veras, Dahlia Kairy, Marco Rogante, Claudia Giacomozzi, Silvia Saraiva
Introduction Despite the increased interest in telerehabilitation (TR), virtual reality (VR) and outcome measures for stroke rehabilitation, surprisingly little research has been done to map and identify the most common outcome measures used in TR. For this review, we conducted a systematic search of the literature that reports outcome measures used in TR or VR for stroke rehabilitation. Our specific objectives included: 1) to identify the outcome measures used in TR and VR studies; and 2) to describe which parts of the International Classification of Functioning are measured in the studies...
July 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Mohamed Estai, Estie Kruger, Marc Tennant
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June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
David Pérez-Manchón, Cristina Caramés-Sánchez, Bernadette Pfang
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June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Justine Sita Baron, Shashivadan Parbat Hirani, Stanton Peter Newman
Introduction Evidence supporting home telehealth effects on clinical outcomes in diabetes is available, yet mechanisms of action for these improvements remain poorly understood. Behavioural change is one plausible explanation. This study investigated the behavioural effects of a mobile-phone based home telehealth (MTH) intervention in people with diabetes. It was hypothesized that MTH would improve self-efficacy, illness beliefs, and diabetes self-care. Methods A randomized controlled trial compared standard care to standard care supplemented with MTH (self-monitoring, data transmission, graphical and nurse-initiated feedback, educational calls)...
June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Anne Caroline Benski, Giovanna Stancanelli, Stefano Scaringella, Josea Léa Herinainasolo, Jéromine Jinoro, Pierre Vassilakos, Patrick Petignat, Nicole C Schmidt
Background Madagascar's maternal health mortality ratio in 2013 was 478 deaths per 100,000 live births. Most deaths are related to direct complications during pregnancy and childbirth and could be reduced by providing comprehensive antenatal care (ANC). Objective The objective of the study was to assess the usability and feasibility of a mobile health system (mHealth) to provide high-quality ANC, according to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations. Methods PANDA (Pregnancy And Newborn Diagnostic Assessment) is an easy-to-use mHealth system that uses affordable communications technology to support diagnosis and health care worker decision-making regarding ANC...
June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Megan S Overby, Annette Baft-Neff
Introduction Despite the growth of telecommunication applications to provide clinical healthcare services, there has been little attention to the pedagogical framework needed to train healthcare students to deliver these services. Methods In this exploratory investigation, perceptions of speech-language pathology/therapy (SLP/SLT) faculty ( n = 31), graduate students ( n = 16), and telehealth ("telepractice") clinicians ( n = 16) were examined with a 15-item survey regarding the 1) comparative pedagogical importance of four skills common to telepractice and face-to-face service (f2f) delivery, and 2) relative pedagogical value of seven skills and competencies unique to telepractice...
June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Céline Mavrot, Iris Stucki, Fritz Sager, Jean-François Etter
Introduction Self-help computer-based programs are easily accessible and cost-effective interventions with a great recruitment potential. However, each program is different and results of meta-analyses may not apply to each new program; therefore, evaluations of new programs are warranted. The aim of this study was to assess the marginal efficacy of a computer-based, individually tailored program (the Coach) over and above the use of a comprehensive Internet smoking cessation website. Methods A two-group randomized controlled trial was conducted...
June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Jennifer L Pecina, Frederick North
Introduction Under certain circumstances, e-consultations can substitute for a face-to-face consultation. A basic requirement for a successful e-consultation is that the e-consultant has access to important medical history and exam findings along with laboratory and imaging results. Knowing just what information the specialist needs to complete an e-consultation is a major challenge. This paper examines differences between specialties in their need for past information from laboratory, imaging and clinical notes...
June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Aurélie Baillot, Patrick Boissy, Michel Tousignant, Marie-France Langlois
Optimal physical activity (PA) interventions are needed to increase PA in individuals with severe obesity, and optimize the results of bariatric surgery (BS). The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility and effect of Pre-Surgical Exercise Training (PreSET) delivered in-home via telehealth (TelePreSET) in subjects awaiting BS. Six women following the TelePreSET were compared to the women from a previous study (12 performing the PreSET in a gymnasium and 11 receiving usual care). In-home TelePreSET (12-weeks of endurance and strength training) was supervised twice weekly using videoconferencing...
June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Alexander M Hulsbosch, M Annet Nugter, Petra Tamis, Hans Kroon
Introduction The goal of the study was to determinate if there was added value in the use of videoconferencing (VCF) in outpatient care for people with severe mental illness (SMI). Methods A VCF-group was compared to a control group (care as usual) over a period of 18 months. Block randomization was used to assign patients to one of the two groups. The video communication was available to the patients on a 24/7 basis, so that emergency calls could also be made via VCF. The primary outcome was patient satisfaction, other outcomes were: quality of life, loneliness, daily functioning (psychologically and socially), and the fulfilment of needs of care...
June 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Tara Ann Collins, Matthew P Robertson, Corinna P Sicoutris, Michael A Pisa, Daniel N Holena, Patrick M Reilly, Benjamin A Kohl
Introduction There is an increased demand for intensive care unit (ICU) beds. We sought to determine if we could create a safe surge capacity model to increase ICU capacity by treating ICU patients in the post-anaesthesia care unit (PACU) utilizing a collaborative model between an ICU service and a telemedicine service during peak ICU bed demand. Methods We evaluated patients managed by the surgical critical care service in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) compared to patients managed in the virtual intensive care unit (VICU) located within the PACU...
February 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Mia L van der Kop, Samuel Muhula, Anna M Ekström, Kate Jongbloed, Kirsten Smillie, Bonface Abunah, Koki Kinagwi, Lennie B Kyomuhangi, Lawrence Gelmon, David I Ojakaa, Richard T Lester, Patricia O Awiti
Background To be consistent with the United Nations' sustainable development goals on gender equality, mobile health (mHealth) programmes should aim to use communications technology to promote the empowerment of women. We conducted a pre-trial analysis of data from the WelTel Retain study on retention in HIV care to assess gender-based differences in phone access, phone sharing and concerns about receiving text messages from a healthcare provider. Methods Between April 2013-June 2015, HIV-positive adults were screened for trial participation at two clinics in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya...
February 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Angie M Paik, Mark S Granick, Sandra Scott
Plastic surgery is a field that is particularly amenable to a telehealth milieu, as visual exam and radiographs guide proper diagnosis and management. The goals of this study were to evaluate telehealth feedback executed through an iPad app for plastic surgery-related consultations. A Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) study was conducted over a 1-month period during which patients with hand injuries, facial injuries, or acute wounds presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) of a level-one trauma centre and university hospital were monitored...
February 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Donaldson F Conserve, Larissa Jennings, Carolina Aguiar, Grace Shin, Lara Handler, Suzanne Maman
Introduction This systematic narrative review examined the empirical evidence on the effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) behavioural interventions designed to increase the uptake of HIV testing among vulnerable and key populations. Methods MEDLINE/PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, and Global Health electronic databases were searched. Studies were eligible for inclusion if they were published between 2005 and 2015, evaluated an mHealth intervention, and reported an outcome relating to HIV testing. We also reviewed the bibliographies of retrieved studies for other relevant citations...
February 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Christopher G Brennan-Jones, Robert H Eikelboom, De Wet Swanepoel
Introduction Standard criteria exist for diagnosing different types of hearing loss, yet audiologists interpret audiograms manually. This pilot study examined the feasibility of standardised interpretations of audiometry in a telehealth model of care. The aim of this study was to examine diagnostic accuracy of automated audiometry in adults with hearing loss in an asynchronous telehealth model using pre-defined diagnostic protocols. Materials and methods We recruited 42 study participants from a public audiology and otolaryngology clinic in Perth, Western Australia...
February 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Alexis R Dewar, Tyler P Bull, Donna M Malvey, James L Szalma
Introduction Telehealth systems and mobile health (mHealth) devices allow for the exchange of both physical and mental healthcare data, as well as information from a patient to a practitioner, or care recipient to caregiver; but there has been little research on why users are motivated to engage with telehealth systems. Given this, we sought to create a measure that satisfactorily assesses human motivation to use telehealth devices. Methods 532 survey responses were used in an exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis, which tested and retested the feasibility of this new measure...
February 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
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