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Design and performance of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of joint tele-consultations [ISRCTN54264250].

Wallace, P; Haines, A; Harrison, R; Barber, JA; Thompson, S; Roberts, J; ... Wainwright, P; + view all (2002) Design and performance of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of joint tele-consultations [ISRCTN54264250]. BMC Family Practice , 3 , Article 1 . 10.1186/1471-2296-3-1. Green and gold open access

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Abstract

Appropriate information flow is crucial to the care of patients, particularly at the interface between primary and secondary care. Communication problems can result from inadequate organisation and training, There is a major expectation that information and communication technologies may offer solutions, but little reliable evidence. This paper reports the design and performance of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial (RCT), unparalleled in telemedicine research in either scale or range of outcomes. The study investigated the effectiveness and cost implications in rural and inner-city settings of using videoconferencing to perform joint tele-consultations as an alternative to general practitioner referral to the hospital specialist in the outpatient clinic.

Type:Article
Title:Design and performance of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of joint tele-consultations [ISRCTN54264250].
Location:England
Open access status:An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.
DOI:10.1186/1471-2296-3-1
Publisher version:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-3-1
Language:English
Additional information:© 2002 Wallace et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Verbatim copying and redistribution of this article are permitted in any medium for any purpose, provided this notice is preserved along with the article's original URL.
Keywords:Adult, Family Practice, Feasibility Studies, Female, Health Services Research, Humans, Male, Patient Satisfaction, Patient Selection, Referral and Consultation, Remote Consultation, Research Design, Rural Health Services, Telemedicine, Urban Health Services
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

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