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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2011 Jun;17(6):301-8.

UK telehealth initiatives in palliative care: a review.

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University of Dundee, School of Nursing and Midwifery, 11 Airlie Place, Dundee, UK.


This review paper explores the use of telehealth in relation to palliative care in the UK. Information technology (IT) developments are being harnessed throughout society, and there is growing interest in the ways in which they can be used to meet and support patients' health needs in the community. The aim of the literature review was to scope the information available from published and unpublished research, with particular reference to older people. The evidence suggests that, despite the challenges, there are numerous examples of good practice in relation to telehealth, palliative and end-of-life care, and older people. Developments in technology that have increased the capacity to improve care, through reaching greater numbers of people of all age groups, mean that telehealth has much to offer people living with and dying from advanced illness. However, some of the evaluative evidence is limited and further rigour is needed when evaluating future telehealth innovations.

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