Wallace, P and Haines, A and Harrison, R and Barber, JA and Thompson, S and Roberts, J and Jacklin, PB and Lewis, L and Wainwright, P (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.
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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.
|Title:||Design and performance of a multi-centre randomised controlled trial and economic evaluation of joint tele-consultations [ISRCTN54264250].|
|Open access status:||An open access publication. A version is also available from UCL Discovery.|
|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|
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