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J Eval Clin Pract. 2016 Dec;22(6):882-886. doi: 10.1111/jep.12551. Epub 2016 May 1.

At-home monitoring after surgery/anaesthesia - a challenge.

Author information

1
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2
Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, Institution for Clinical Science, Karolinska Institutet, Danderyds University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
3
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Unit of Daysurgery, Mölndal Gothenburg, Sweden.
4
Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Department of Anesthesia, Surgery and Intensive Care, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Abstract

RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

Day surgery is evolving, with a majority of recoveries occurring at home. There is, in parallel, an evolution in telemedical technology. The aim of the present project was to identify patients' willingness to use predefined follow-up techniques and to clinically test preferred techniques at home using a two-step study.┅ METHODS: In Part I, a paper-based questionnaire study of identified patients' attitudes with three follow-up techniques was used. In Part II, a feasibility test of a mobile (smart-phone) application for follow-up at home was used.

RESULTS:

Part I showed overall positive attitudes to telemedical follow-ups. Part II showed the preference for a follow-up technique with a mobile application was not fully consistent with the clinical study of the smart-phone app, where there was a large non-response. The application provided safe transfer of data to the hospital and helped make it easy to retrieve and analyse patient self-assessment of recovery. This application is one-way directed, and no feedback to the patient was given, which may have influenced the non-response.

CONCLUSION:

Bringing telemedicine into follow-up after surgery/anaesthesia is requested, and furthermore, the feasibility study on day surgery presented here shows that it is technically easy to perform and will provide robust information. It should be noted that further studies are needed in order to find better patient cooperation.

KEYWORDS:

experience; healthcare; medical research

PMID:
27134050
DOI:
10.1111/jep.12551
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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