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Global use, utility, and methods of tele-health in COPD: a health care provider survey

Alrajeh, AM; Aldabayan, YS; Aldhair, AM; Pickett, E; Quaderi, SA; Alqahtani, JS; Lipman, M; (2019) Global use, utility, and methods of tele-health in COPD: a health care provider survey. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease , 14 pp. 1713-1719. 10.2147/COPD.S202640. Green open access

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Introduction: Advances in technology offer various solutions that might help optimize the care provided to patients living with chronic non-communicable diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, the efficacy of tele-health in COPD is still controversial. Despite this, there appears to be widespread adoption of this technology. // Aim: To explore the international use of tele-heath for COPD, to assess the perceptions of clinicians employing tele-health in COPD, and to summarize the techniques that have been used by health care providers to personalize alarm limits for patients with COPD enrolled on tele-health programs. // Methods: A cross-sectional survey consisting of 15 questions was distributed and advertised to health care professionals worldwide. Questions were designed to cover five different aspects of tele-health in COPD: purpose of use, equipment type, clinician perceptions, variables monitored, and personalization of alarm limits. // Results: A total of 138 participants completed the survey from 29 different countries. As high as 59% of the participants had ever used tele-health for COPD, and 33% still provided tele-health services to patients with COPD. Tele-health was most commonly used for baseline monitoring, with 90% believing it to be effective. The three most commonly monitored variables were oxygen saturation, heart rate, and the use of rescue medication. // Conclusion: Twenty-nine different countries use tele-health for managing COPD and therefore there is widespread international use of tele-health in COPD. The majority of providers thought tele-health was effective despite evidence to the contrary.

Type: Article
Title: Global use, utility, and methods of tele-health in COPD: a health care provider survey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2147/COPD.S202640
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S202640
Language: English
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Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, tele-health, home monitoring, alarm limits, perception
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Respiratory Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10079669
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