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Marian S Grant, Debra L Wiegand, Sydney M Dy
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence demonstrates the benefits of online cancer interventions but very little about the needs of those with pancreatic cancer or interaction with online providers. Our study was done to (1) see how many people would visit a webpage where they could interact with a palliative care nurse practitioner (PCNP), (2) see how many would ask the PCNP questions, (3) determine the type of questions, and (4) obtain feedback regarding the usefulness of the webpage. METHOD: Mixed-methods descriptive design...
June 2015: Palliative & Supportive Care
Daniel Capurro, Matthias Ganzinger, Jose Perez-Lu, Petra Knaup
BACKGROUND: One of the key components in palliative care is communication. eHealth technologies can be an effective way to support communications among participants in the process of palliative care. However, it is unclear to what extent information technology has been established in this field. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to systematically identify studies and analyze the effectiveness of eHealth interventions in palliative care and the information needs of people involved in the palliative care process...
2014: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Juliane Herzog, Birgit Pohn, Mathias Forjan, Stefan Sauermann, Philipp Urbauer
eHealth is not only a growing market, but also an important factor for new healthcare systems. National and European initiatives implicitly demand a higher level of knowledge in the areas of healthcare, engineering and management. As part of the eLearning4eHealth project an initial web based study was performed concentrating on European and global eHealth related educational programs. The results show that eHealth related courses do not evenly exist for the identified professions. 43% of the offered programs are focused on the engineering sector, whereas only 21% are available for the management sector...
2014: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Benoît Brouard, Pascale Bardo, Marina Vignot, Clément Bonnet, Stéphane Vignot
New information technologies and communication in health or "eHealth" is a way of improvement for management of chronic diseases. EHealth can improve patient care and care coordination especially in cancer patients who require a multidisciplinary approach. Treatments in oncology are complex and can result in new toxicities. Information of patients and of caregivers is a crucial issue. The patients require to be monitored and the caregivers need up-to-date information. The mobile component of eHealth: the mobile health or "mHealth" could provide to this need...
October 2014: Bulletin du Cancer
Aynur Aktas, Barbara Hullihen, Shiva Shrotriya, Shirley Thomas, Declan Walsh, Bassam Estfan
Incorporation of tablet computers (TCs) into patient assessment may facilitate safe and secure data collection. We evaluated the usefulness and acceptability of a TC as an electronic self-report symptom assessment instrument. Research Electronic Data Capture Web-based application supported data capture. Information was collected and disseminated in real time and a structured format. Completed questionnaires were printed and given to the physician before the patient visit. Most participants completed the survey without assistance...
March 2015: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Prema R Menon, Renee D Stapleton, Ursula McVeigh, Terry Rabinowitz
BACKGROUND: Many critically ill patients who transfer from rural hospitals to tertiary care centers (TCCs) have poor prognoses, and family members are unable to discuss patient prognosis and goals of care with TCC providers until after transfer. AIM: Our TCC conducted teleconferences prior to transfer to facilitate early family discussions. DESIGN/SETTING: We conducted a retrospective review of these telemedicine family conferences among critically ill patients requested for transfer which occurred from December 2008 to December 2009 at our TCC...
June 2015: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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