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Gac Sanit. 2015 Jan-Feb;29(1):55-8. doi: 10.1016/j.gaceta.2014.08.003. Epub 2014 Nov 11.

[Results of a telemedicine program for primary care patients with type 2 diabetes].

[Article in Spanish]

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1
Centro de Salud Universitario Zona IV de Albacete, Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha, Facultad de Medicina de Albacete, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, España. Electronic address: jesusl@sescam.org.
2
Facultad de Enfermería de Albacete, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, España.
3
Centro de Salud de Villarrobledo (Albacete), Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha, Villarrobledo, Albacete, España.
4
Centro de Salud de Almansa (Albacete), Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha, Almansa, Albacete, España.
5
Centro de Salud Zona V-B de Albacete, Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete, España.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the impact of a telemedicine program on self-perceived health in patients with type 2 diabetes in primary care, as well as patient acceptance of and satisfaction with this program.

METHOD:

We conducted an 18-month follow-up through telemedicine in 52 diabetic patients. The study design was non-experimental (before and after). In addition to weekly electronic transmission of fasting glucose levels, we regularly provided advice to patients about healthy habits.

RESULTS:

No statistically significant differences were observed when mean blood glucose values were compared during follow-up. However, at the end of participation, the mean score in self-perceived health was significantly higher than at the initial assessment (70.5±12.8 vs. 62.8±15.0, p=0.02). After 18 months of participation in the telemedicine program, 57.7% of patients were satisfied and 38.5% were very satisfied.

CONCLUSIONS:

Although glycemic control did not improve during the follow-up, electronic transmission of information was found to be feasible and satisfactory for patients. The patients reported a higher level of self-perceived health.

KEYWORDS:

Atención primaria de salud; Diabetes mellitus tipo 2; Diabetes mellitus type 2; Primary health care; Telemedicina; Telemedicine

PMID:
25440441
DOI:
10.1016/j.gaceta.2014.08.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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