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Acceptability of telehealth by elderly patients

Odeh, B., Philip, N., Kayyali, R., Elnabhani, S., Griffiths, C., Wigmore, B., Robinson, P. and Wallace, C. (2014) Acceptability of telehealth by elderly patients. In: British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting; 20-23 Nov 2013, Yorkshire.

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Abstract

Background: Telehealth is defined as the remote surveillance of patient's health to aid in timely intervention. Its efficacy in elderly patients is well documented; however age has been reported as a barrier for accepting the new technology.1 Innovation: Telehealth uses equipment to remotely monitor people's health in their own home, thus overcoming the challenge of distance and allowing timely care to be provided to patients while at home.A Primary Care Trust within South London has been providing telehealth services to elderly patients, with one or more long term condition including COPD and heart failure, for the past 14 months. Evaluation: A cross sectional survey of elderly patients to explore their perception, concerns and general satisfaction with telehealth service via a 4 point likert scale questionnaire was conducted. Out of 34 patients included, 27 participated (response rate 79%) with average age in years (±SD) 71.1(±10.4). Overall, patients were very satisfied (weighted average 3.5 out of 4) with telehealth services. Patients didn't find the use of necessary equipment to be difficult (1.7) or unreliable (2.1) and they had no concerns about confidentiality (2.0) or the absence of direct contact with GP/Nurse during a telehealth consultation (1.8). Finally, since being on telehealth, patients' confidence in managing their own health increased from somewhat confident (2.0) to confident (3.1). One patient, in particular, commented that “Telehealth is very easy to use …. it is very reassuring to know that your health and well-being is kept updated by your nurse & GP.” Another added “I find it amazing that 3 little items can have such an impact on my health.” Conclusions: Age doesn't seem to be a barrier for the adaption and use of Telehealth.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting
Organising Body: British Geriatrics Society
Additional Information: Abstract published in Age and Ageing (2014) 43 (suppl 1): i1.
Research Area: Computer science and informatics
Pharmacy
Primary care and other community based clinical subjects
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing > School of Computing and Information Systems
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing > School of Pharmacy and Chemistry
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Depositing User: Bassel Odeh
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 14:41
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2015 15:13
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/30392

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