Telemedicine shows 'no long-term results' for managing hypertension, study finds

While telemedicine increases access and reduces the need for in-person physician's visits, some research suggests there's a lack of evidence about the long-term benefits of telemedicine for managing certain chronic conditions, such as hypertension, according to a recent study out of San Marcos-based Texas State University School of Health Administration.

For the study, published in JMIR Medical Informatics, the researchers conducted a literature review of investigations into the efficacy of hypertension self-management programs that used telemedicine. Through their analysis, the researchers sought to identify the potential benefits and drawbacks to using telemedicine to improve chronic condition management.

They determined common benefits to implementing telemedicine were improving access; health and quality; patient knowledge and involvement; cost-effectiveness; and convenience. However, prevalent barriers to deploying telemedicine programs included "lack of evidence, self-management difficult to maintain, no long-term results/more areas to address and long-term added workload commitment."

"Understanding the facilitators and barriers to implementation is important, as is understanding how these factors will impact a successful implementation of telemedicine in the area of self-management of hypertension," the study authors concluded.

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