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Letters What evidence for telehealth?

Daily contact with a nurse may be more important than high tech telecare

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 07 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e875
  1. Nicholas J Sharvill, general practitioner1
  1. 1Balmoral Surgery, Deal CT14 7EQ, UK
  1. john.sharvill{at}

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.


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