Telehealth Does Not Adversely Affect Most Patients, Study Finds

A new study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that while telehealth does not improve quality of life or psychological outcomes for patients, it does not adversely affect patients either.

Researchers recruited 1,573 patients from general practices, specialist nurses and hospital clinics between May 2008 and December 2009. They compared the treatment effectiveness of telehealth with usual care. Data was collected at baseline and at four months and 12 months. The patients suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and heart failure.

According to the study, telehealth treatments were not more effective than usual care over 12 months, but concerns about the potentially harmful effects of telehealth were unfounded for most patients.  

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