Hospice care using home-based telemedicine systems


Hospice care using home-based telemedicine systems


Doolittle GC; Yaezel A; Otto F; Clemens C


Journal Of Telemedicine & Telecare




Feasibility Studies; Human; Hospice Care/methods; Missouri; Telemedicine/methods


A pilot study of telenursing for terminally ill patients at home was launched as a collaborative effort between KUMC and the Kendallwood Hospice. The service used the public telephone network. Interactive video equipment was installed in the homes of three nurses who received after-hours calls and in the homes of six hospice patients living in either Kansas or Missouri. Data concerning the utilization patterns were gathered for two separate three-month periods. Patients and caregivers reported general satisfaction with the telehospice system. Both the nurses and social worker providers became comfortable about video-calls. Nurses conducted video-assessments to determine whether an 'in person' visit was necessary. This was particularly helpful for rural patients who were living a long way from the base station. In addition, Kendallwood serves an urban population and, in certain areas, night-time nursing visits raise safety concerns.


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Doolittle GC; Yaezel A; Otto F; Clemens C, “Hospice care using home-based telemedicine systems,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 28, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11621.

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