Telemedicine may be used for the continuity of care in several chronic conditions. Sixty frail old people were enrolled along with their primary caregivers, and randomly divided into two groups: 30 of them received a multi-specialist telemedicine care, whilst the other 30 were treated in their usual territory care. All of the patients were evaluated through a clinical and psychometric battery at baseline (T0), after 6 months (T1), and at the end of the study (T2). It was found that telemedicine was more effective than the traditional approach in mood improvement (p < 0.001), behaviour (p < 0.01) and ADL/IADL (p < 0.01/0.04), as well as nutritional status. These changes increased over time (from T0 to T1), the caregivers’ burden decreased, and system usability was rated as good. Telemedicine could be considered an important tool to improve the psychological health and quality of the life of older frail patients living at home.

A multidisciplinary Telehealth approach for community dwelling older adults

Bramanti A.;
2021

Abstract

Telemedicine may be used for the continuity of care in several chronic conditions. Sixty frail old people were enrolled along with their primary caregivers, and randomly divided into two groups: 30 of them received a multi-specialist telemedicine care, whilst the other 30 were treated in their usual territory care. All of the patients were evaluated through a clinical and psychometric battery at baseline (T0), after 6 months (T1), and at the end of the study (T2). It was found that telemedicine was more effective than the traditional approach in mood improvement (p < 0.001), behaviour (p < 0.01) and ADL/IADL (p < 0.01/0.04), as well as nutritional status. These changes increased over time (from T0 to T1), the caregivers’ burden decreased, and system usability was rated as good. Telemedicine could be considered an important tool to improve the psychological health and quality of the life of older frail patients living at home.
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