A Pilot Study Of The Effectiveness Of Home Teleconsultations In Paediatric Palliative Care

Title

A Pilot Study Of The Effectiveness Of Home Teleconsultations In Paediatric Palliative Care

Creator

Bradford N; Young J; Armfield NR; Bensink ME; Pedersen LA; Herbert A; Smith AC

Identifier

10.1258/jtt.2012.gth103

Publisher

Journal Of Telemedicine & Telecare

Date

2012

Subject

Caregivers/px [psychology]; Palliative Care/mt [methods]; Pediatrics/mt [methods]; Quality Of Life; Remote Consultation/ut [utilization]; Adult; Caregivers; Cohort Studies; Female; Health Services Accessibility; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Outcome And Process Assessment (health Care); Palliative Care; Palliative Care/st [standards]; Patient Satisfaction; Pediatrics/st [standards]; Pilot Projects; Prospective Studies; Referral And Consultation; Rural Population

Description

We conducted a pilot study to investigate the effectiveness of a home telehealth service for paediatric palliative care consultations. Over a 10 week period, 14 of the 17 caregivers approached to be part of the study agreed to participate. Families were allocated, non-randomly, to a control group (usual care) or an intervention group (usual care with the addition of home telehealth consultations). The primary outcome measure was quality-of-life score. Caregivers were surveyed for up to 99 days following recruitment. A descriptive analysis of the quality-of-life data showed no differences between caregivers in the two groups. However, important lessons were learnt regarding factors which influence the success of studies in this population group, and the domains of caregiver quality-of-life that warrant intervention. Palliative care is complex, and multiple interventions and supports are required if care is to be managed at home. Home telehealth consultations are a feasible and acceptable means of facilitating a palliative care consultation which can reduce the burden on families at a distressing time.

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Citation

Bradford N; Young J; Armfield NR; Bensink ME; Pedersen LA; Herbert A; Smith AC, “A Pilot Study Of The Effectiveness Of Home Teleconsultations In Paediatric Palliative Care,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 1, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10937.

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