Bridging the Self-care Deficit Gap: Remote Patient Monitoring and the Hospital-at-Home

  • Joseph A. Cafazzo
  • Kevin Leonard
  • Anthony C. Easty
  • Peter G. Rossos
  • Christopher T. Chan
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 0001)

Abstract

This study examines the use of a remote patient monitoring intervention to address the challenge of patient self-care in complex hospital-at-home therapies. It was shown that in a home hemodialysis patient group, remote patient monitoring facilitated self-care and was supported by patients and, in particular, family caregivers. This does not come without cost to the patient however, who now has greater personal responsibility and accountability for their health management. Promising results from this study indicate that most patients are willing to assume this cost in exchange for the possibility of improved health outcomes.

Keywords

Self Care Telemedicine Monitoring Physiologic Telemetry Hemodialysis Home 

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© Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph A. Cafazzo
    • 1
    • 2
    • 4
  • Kevin Leonard
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anthony C. Easty
    • 1
    • 4
  • Peter G. Rossos
    • 1
    • 3
  • Christopher T. Chan
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto General HospitalUniversity Health Network 
  2. 2.Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Toronto 
  3. 3.Department of Medicine, University Health Network, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Toronto 
  4. 4.Institute of Biomaterial and Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Toronto 

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