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Design and performance of a multicentre, randomized controlled trial of teleconsulting

Wallace, PG; Haines, A; Harrison, R; Barber, J; Thompson, S; Jacklin, P; Roberts, J; (2002) Design and performance of a multicentre, randomized controlled trial of teleconsulting. JOURNAL OF TELEMEDICINE AND TELECARE , 8 94 - 95.

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Abstract

We have designed and performed a multicentre, randomized controlled trial of teleconsulting. The trial investigated the effectiveness and cost implications in rural and inner-city settings of using videoconferencing as an alternative to general practitioner referral to a hospital specialist. The participating general practitioners referred a total of 3170 patients who satisfied the entry criteria. Of these, 1040 (33%) failed to provide consent or otherwise refused to participate in the trial. Of the patients recruited to the trial, a total of 1902 (91%) completed and returned the baseline questionnaire. Although the trial was successful in recruiting sufficient patients and in obtaining high questionnaire response rates, the findings will require careful interpretation to take account of the limits which the protocol placed on the ability of general practitioners to select patients for referral.

Type: Article
Title: Design and performance of a multicentre, randomized controlled trial of teleconsulting
Location: LONDON, ENGLAND
Keywords: TELEMEDICINE, CARE
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > Primary Care and Population Health
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Statistical Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/190869
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