Inspire of my enthusiastic technological bias, this report has been the victim of potential methodical & selection flaws. Regrettably many patients require hand holding pursuit, & being offered the opportunity to report findings & symptoms, fails to provide measurable benefit. What a pity!
Telemonitoring Adds No Benefit to Self-Management in COPD — Physician’s First Watch
Telemonitoring Adds No Benefit to Self-Management in COPD
By Joe Elia
Using home telemonitoring to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease does not delay patients' hospital admissions or improve their health-related quality of life, a BMJ study finds.
Researchers randomized some 250 patients in Scotland who'd been admitted for COPD in the previous year. Patients received either home telemonitoring — through which they could report oxygen saturation and symptoms on a daily basis — or usual care. Both groups received instructions on self-management.
After 1 year, the telemonitored group showed no delay in their next admission for a COPD exacerbation (362 days vs. 361 for controls). Similarly, the duration of admissions and scores on quality-of-life measures did not differ significantly.
The results suggest that in COPD, according to editorialists, "the addition of telemonitoring ... is costly and ineffective."