Telehealth in palliative care in the UK: a review of the evidence

Lisa Kidd, Sandi Cayless, Bridget Johnston, Yvonne Wengstrom

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    Abstract

    We reviewed telehealth applications which were being used in palliative care settings in the UK. Electronic database searches (Medline, CINAHL, PsychInfo and Embase), searches of the grey literature and cited author searches were conducted. In total, 111 papers were identified and 21 documents were included in the review. Telehealth was being used by a range of health professionals in oncology care settings that included specialist palliative care, hospices, primary care settings, nursing homes and hospitals as well as patients and carers. The most common applications were: out-of-hours telephone support, advice services for palliative care patients, carers and health professionals, videoconferencing for interactive case discussions, consultations and assessments, and training and education of palliative care and other health-care staff. The review suggests that current technology is usable and acceptable to patients and health professionals in palliative care settings. However, there are several challenges in integrating telehealth into routine practice
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)394-402
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
    Volume16
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Telemedicine
    Palliative Care
    Caregivers
    Primary Care Nursing
    Health
    Videoconferencing
    Literature
    Hospice Care
    Nursing Homes
    Telephone
    Referral and Consultation
    Databases
    Technology
    Delivery of Health Care
    Education

    Keywords

    • Telehealth
    • Telemedicine
    • Palliative care
    • United Kingdom

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    Kidd, Lisa ; Cayless, Sandi ; Johnston, Bridget ; Wengstrom, Yvonne. / Telehealth in palliative care in the UK: a review of the evidence. In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2010 ; Vol. 16, No. 7. pp. 394-402.
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    In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, Vol. 16, No. 7, 2010, p. 394-402.

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