Daily contact with a nurse may be more important than high tech telecareBMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e875 (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e875
- Nicholas J Sharvill, general practitioner1
My practice took part in the trials of telehealth and telecare mentioned by McCartney,1 and I too saw no hard evidence, just anecdotal evidence that weighing was useful.
However, the direct daily contact with a nurse that goes with the programme may be more important. This was not trialled separately from the telehealth part of the trial, as far as I know.
In this new world of locality driven commissioning it is interesting that central NHS policy is to drive telehealth forward even if it’s not wanted at a local level.
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e875
Competing interests: NJS’s primary care trust/consortium may have to buy this service even if there is no evidence for it.