Telehealth Services to Improve Nonadherence: A Placebo-Controlled Study

ArticleinTelemedicine and e-Health 12(3):289-96 · July 2006with25 Reads
DOI: 10.1089/tmj.2006.12.289 · Source: PubMed
The objective of this study was to test whether a telehealth intervention could improve the compliance with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) by patients with sleep apnea. These patients had been nonadherent for the initial 3 months of therapy even after receiving the initial standard and then supplemental audiotaped/videotaped patient education for adhering to CPAP nightly. The materials and methods included a randomized testing of experimental and placebo interventions. Interventions were delivered by nurses to two groups in their homes by telehealth over a 12-week period. The placebo intervention was used to control for Hawthorne effect, time and attention influences and the novelty of having telehealth in the home. Results following the telehealth interventions were that significantly more patients in the experimental group 1 (n = 10) than the placebo group 2 (n = 9) were adhering nightly to CPAP (chi 2 = 4.55, p = 0.033). Group 1 patients reported greater satisfaction with their intervention. However, both groups rated telehealth delivery positively. The mean cost of each 20-minute telehealth visit was 30 dollars while the total cost of the telehealth intervention for each patient was 420 dollars. These costs included telehealth equipment, initial installation, longdistance telephone charges, nurse salary, and intervention materials. Conclusions are that telehealth interventions are a potentially cost-effective service for increasing adherence to prescribed medical treatments. Replication studies with large samples and in other clinical groups are recommended.
    • "). This service model has been used to address a wide variety of clinical concerns including but not limited to compliance with treatment for sleep apnea (Smith et al. 2006), pain management (McGeary et al. 2012), weight maintenance (Haugen et al. 2007), post-traumatic stress (Sloan et al. 2011 "
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    • "Despite the organizational limitations and poor differences between intervention and control group follow-up, they obtained good patients' acceptance of this monitoring strategy. It is also noteworthy that telehealth interventions, such as longdistance visit via videoconference (or " televisits " ), have been found to improve CPAP adherence in a small group of nonadherent patients versus a placebo-controlled group [12]. The cost of the interventions, including the telehealth monitor, home installation and telephone charges, was lower than the same number of face-to-face visits. "
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