Remote patient monitoring may not improve these 6 clinical outcomes, study suggests

A team led by researchers at the Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education published a paper in NPJ Digital Medicine suggesting remote patient monitoring may not significantly improve some clinical outcomes.

For the study, the researchers reviewed 16 randomized controlled trials published in various journals that assessed the efficacy of using wearable biosensors, such as activity trackers, to improve select clinical outcomes. They evaluated the studies based on factors like sample size and confidence intervals.

The analysis revealed remote patient monitoring had no significant influence on the six clinical outcomes reported in the trials, which included body mass index, weight, waist circumference, body fat percentage, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.

"We found substantial gaps in the evidence base that should be considered before implementation of remote patient monitoring in the clinical setting," the study authors concluded. They added interventions that used personalized coaching were most successful in achieving clinical outcomes.

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