Remote monitoring of patients with heart failure

Added June 25, 2020

Citation: Bashi N, Karunanithi M, Fatehi F, et al. Remote monitoring of patients with heart failure: an overview of systematic reviews. Journal of medical Internet research. 2017;19(1):e18.

What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on healthcare services, healthcare workers and patients. Existing research on remote patient monitoring of conditions such as heart failure might provide useful information for policy makers.

In this overview of systematic reviews, the authors searched for systematic reviews that assessed the effects of remote patient monitoring for patients with heart failure. They restricted their searches to articles published in English since 2005 and did the search in 2015. They included 19 systematic reviews.

What works: Telemonitoring and home telehealth appear equally effective in reducing heart failure rehospitalization and mortality.

What doesn’t work: Telehealth interventions do not appear to have any effect on knowledge and self-care. 

What’s uncertain: At the time of this review, the effects of videoconferencing or mobile phone-based monitoring on patients with heart failure were uncertain.

 

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