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Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes From Systematic Reviews

Resource Type: White Papers/Reports

This 125-page Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) technical brief describes the available evidence on the use of telehealth for a variety of disease states, including respiratory disease. The paper provides an in-depth account of the review methodology and outlines results of the analysis of 58 studies both in the aggregate as well as by disease category. Of particular note to the PRAXIS member will be the overall finding that telehealth appears to be more beneficial for chronic diseases such as pulmonary or cardiovascular disease than acute illnesses. See page 8 for key messages from the overall report.

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Totten AM, Womack DM, Eden KB, McDonagh MS, Griffin JC, Grusing S, Hersh WR. Telehealth: Mapping the Evidence for Patient Outcomes From Systematic Reviews. Technical Brief No. 26. (Prepared by the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-2015-00009-I.) AHRQ Publication No.16-EHC034-EF. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; June 2016. Accessed March 12, 2020.



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  • I just heard a very in depth conversation surrounding this yesterday. It is truly an exciting time to witness all of the new ways technology can interact with us and improve our quality of life and more specifically, health care. There are modalities and devices that will be truly life changing for patients living with chronic illnesses. By using telehealth, we are able to give the patient the tools they need to help manage their conditions; and helping them retain independence and decision making. This has been needed for so long! If or one can hardly wait to see what the future has in store.
  • I am currently in the nurse practitioner provider for a tertiary COPD program. Our clients are severe to end stage COPD. We are keeping stats on admissions and readmissions within 7 days and 28 days and let me tell you......they are super impressive! One thing I feel confident about....this nurse practitioner led program is keeping patient's out of the hospital!
    • The COPD program is a telehomecare program run through our hospital and nurse practitioner led for severe to end stage COPD patients who are high users of the hospital system.
    • Hello - are able to share your program protocols? I am planning to start a COPD program and have been researching current NP models, but have been coming up empty handed. I would be very grateful to any guidance!
  • Tele health is truly another medium to reach patients where they are- and where they feel safe and surrounded by their loved ones in most cases. It definitely helps to keep them connected to their healthcare team.
    At the COPD Foundation we have worked with individuals with COPD, clinical experts and a technology partner to develop a virtual bi-directional tool called COPD360coach. This tool includes a personal education and self management track with patient and professional videos, infographics, tools, goal plans and collect patient reported outcomes. The COPD 360social with over 22,000 other individuals with COPD is one click away to support and share tips and experiences with.
    If you want more information on how our patients created their own patient powered solution let us know.