Multi-method Study of Telehomecare Video-visits

Multi-method Study of Telehomecare Video-visits

Investigators

Hebert, M. (University of Calgary) Hailey, D. (University of Alberta) Pol, M. van der.(HERU) and Brant, R. (University of Calgary)

Summary

Although telehealth applications have been effectively demonstrated in pilot studies, a lack of evidence of clinical effectiveness and costs-effectiveness prevent adoption of the technology into routine practice. This RCT in rural Alberta (Canada) compared traditional palliative homecare visits and 'video-visits' in combination with traditional visits with respect to symptom management, costs and patients' preferences. In total, 200 clients were planned to be recruited to the study over two years. Unfortunately, only 44 clients participated. Factors contributing to low recruitment included the introduction of new service delivery models and changes in the home care environment. The study suggested that videophone technology would probably not be adopted for palliative home care in the population that was studied although it might be considered for other applications in the management of chronic illnesses.

Contact

M van der Pol

Status

Complete

Publications

Hebert, M.A., Brant R., Hailey, D. and Pol, M. van der. Potential and readiness for video-visits in rural palliative homecare: results of a multi-method study in Canada. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 2006; 12(S3): 43-45.

Presentations

Hebert, M.A., Jansenn, J.J., Brant, R., Haailey, D. and Pol, M van der. Effectiveness of video-visits in palliative home care: preliminary findings of an RCT in the community. IASTED International Conference on Telehealth, Banff, Alberta. 2005.

Hebert, M.A., Brant, R., Hailey, D. and Pol, M. van der. Potential and reality for video-visits in rural palliative homecare: results of a multi-method study in Canada. 6th International conference on successes and failures in Telehealth, Brisbane, Australia, August 2006.

Hebert, M.A., Brant, R., Hailey, D. and Pol, M. van der. Video-visits in Rural Palliative Homecare: Results of a Multi-method Study in Canada. Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for Teleheath, Edmonton, Canada, October 2006.