AHRQ report summarizes research on telehealth’s clinical benefits

July 7, 2016

Telehealth interventions produce positive outcomes when used for remote monitoring, communication and counseling for patients with chronic conditions and for psychiatric services provided as part of behavioral health, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Based on 58 systemic reviews assessing the impact of telehealth on clinical outcomes, “the most consistent benefit has been reported when telehealth is used for communication and counseling or remote monitoring in chronic conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease, with improvements in outcomes such as mortality, quality of life and reductions in hospital admissions,” the report states.  Given sufficient evidence of effectiveness for these topics, the focus of future research should shift to implementation and practice-based research.” Click here to read more from the American Hospital Association.


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