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Adult nursing
Tele-health-monitoring may decrease emergency room visits and hospitalisation in patients with COPD
  1. Siobhan O’Connor
  1. School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to Siobhan O’Connor, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK; Siobhan.OConnor{at}ed.ac.uk

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Commentary on: Hong Y and Lee SH. Effectiveness of tele-monitoring by patient severity and intervention type in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Int J Nurs Stud 2019;92:1–15.

Implications for practice and research

  • Monitoring patients’ health remotely at home using technology has been gaining in popularity for a number of years.

  • Evidence suggests that tele-monitoring may have the potential to reduce emergency room visits and hospitalisation for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), particularly those with high disease severity.

  • More rigorously conducted trials of tele-monitoring in patients with  COPD are required to determine clinical and cost-effectiveness.

Context

COPD is a long-term, debilitating, respiratory condition that impacts the lives of millions of people worldwide. Poor management of COPD can lead to hospital admissions, increased healthcare costs and poorer outcomes for patients and their families.1 A range of interventions are used to aid self-management of this disease including technologies that remotely monitor people’s physiological status at home. A person’s …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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