Remote patient monitoring fails to reduce readmissions, but improves quality of life

Researchers examined the effectiveness of a care transition intervention using remote patient monitoring in reducing 180-day all-cause readmissions among patients hospitalized with heart failure in a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The study analyzed more than 1,400 patients hospitalized for heart failure between Oct. 12, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2013, roughly half of whom were randomized into the patient monitoring intervention cohort and half of whom were in the control cohort.

The intervention evaluated by the researchers combined health coaching telephone calls from registered nurses and telemonitoring equipment that gathered daily information on blood pressure, heart rate, symptoms and weight.

Ultimately, the study revealed little difference between the two cohorts in 30-day readmission rates, 180-day readmission rates or 180-day mortality rates. There was a significant difference in the 180-day quality of life measures between the intervention and control groups, however.



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