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Use of telemonitoring in patient self-management of chronic disease: a qualitative meta-synthesis.

Creber, A, Leo, DG, Buckley, BJR, Chowdhury, M, Harrison, SL, Isanejad, M, Lane, DA and TAILOR investigators, (2023) Use of telemonitoring in patient self-management of chronic disease: a qualitative meta-synthesis. BMC cardiovascular disorders, 23 (1). ISSN 1471-2261

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Telemonitoring for the remote patient self-management of chronic conditions can be a cost-effective method for delivering care in chronic disease; nonetheless, its implementation in clinical practice remains low. The aim of this meta-synthesis is to explore barriers and facilitators associated with the use of remote patient monitoring of chronic disease, drawing on qualitative research, and assessing participant interactions with this technology.

A meta-synthesis of qualitative studies was performed. MEDLINE, SCOPUS and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) were searched from database date of inception to 5 February 2021. The Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) was used to critically appraise each study. Thematic synthesis was performed to identify user (patients, carers and healthcare professionals) perspectives and experiences of patient remote monitoring of chronic disease (Type 2 diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disease).

Searches returned 10,401 studies and following independent screening by two reviewers, nine studies were included in this meta-synthesis. Data were synthesised and categorised into four key themes: (1) Improved care; (2) Communication; (3) Technology feasibility & acceptability; and (4) Intervention concerns. Most patients using patient remote devices felt motivated in managing their own lifestyles and felt reassured by the close monitoring and increased communication. Barriers identified involved generational differences and difficulties with the technology used.

Most studies showed a positive attitude to telemonitoring, with patients preferring the convenience of telemonitoring in comparison to attending regular clinics. Further research is required to assess the most effective technology for chronic disease management, how to maintain long-term patient adherence, and identify effective approaches to address generational variation in telemonitoring up-take.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: TAILOR investigators; Chronic disease; Meta-synthesis; Telehealth; Telemedicine; Telemonitoring; e-health; Humans; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Self-Management; Chronic Disease; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive; Cardiovascular Diseases; 1102 Cardiorespiratory Medicine and Haematology; Cardiovascular System & Hematology
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2023 13:12
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2023 13:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1186/s12872-023-03486-3
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/21553
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