Smartphone-based home care model improved use of cardiac rehabilitation in postmyocardial infarction

July 11, 2014

Source: Heart online first

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Date of publication: June 2014

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: Uptake of cardiac rehabilitation (CR) can be poor, especially among women, older patients and ethnic minorities. This study looked at a home-based CR programme called the Care Assessment Programme, which used smartphones to monitor health and exercise, and to deliver motivational and educational material. This home service had higher rates of uptake, adherence and completion than a traditional centre-based programme among post-myocardial infarction patients.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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Is patient self-report an adequate tool for monitoring cardiovascular conditions in patients with hypercholesterolemia?

October 11, 2010

Source: Journal of Public Health, 2010, 32 (3) p. 387-394

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Date of publication: September 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The aim of this investigation was to determine the accuracy of patient self-reports of cardiovascular diagnoses. Patients with hypercholesterolemia in primary care centres in Germany were given self-report questionnaires, which were then compared with case report forms and medical records on cardiovascular diseases.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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Telemonitoring and self-management in the control of hypertension

July 21, 2010

Source: Lancet, 2010, 376 (9736) p. 163-172

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Date of publication: July 2010

Publication type: Research

In a nutshell: The aim of this randomised controlled trial was to assess whether self-management by patients with poorly-controlled hypertension resulted in better control of their blood pressure. 24 general practices took part. Participants were responsible for self-monitoring of blood pressure and self-titration of anti-hypertensive drugs, in addition to telemonitoring of home blood pressure measurements. The results showed that self-management of hypertension, combined with telemonitoring of blood pressure measurements, forms an important new addition to control of hypertension in primary care.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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North Yorks spends £3.2m on telehealth

June 10, 2010

Source: e-Health Insider, 9th June 2010

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Date of publication: June 2010

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: NHS North Yorkshire and York has announced its decision to implement 2000 telehealth systems, creating the largest telehealth programme in the UK. In the pilot scheme launched across the county in 2009, machines were installed in patients’ homes to collect vital signs information such as blood pressure. Readings were sent by phone to a monitoring centre and a clinician contacted patients when there were abnormalities in the data. The programme will focus on patients with long term conditions such as chronic heart failure, with the aim of reducing hospital admissions and supporting patients who have been discharged from hospital.

Length of publication: 1 webpage

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Acknowledgement: NHS North Yorkshire and York