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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(12), 1544; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph14121544

An Exploration of Intent to Use Telehealth at Home for Patients with Chronic Diseases

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Department of Telecare, Mennonite Christian Hospital, Hualien City 970, Taiwan
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Department of Marketing and Distribution, Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology, Hualien City 970, Taiwan
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Department of Health Administration, Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology, Hualien City 970, Taiwan
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Department of Nursing, Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology, Hualien City 970, Taiwan
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Received: 15 October 2017 / Revised: 5 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 December 2017 / Published: 9 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
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Telecare is defined as care practiced at a distance. It is an effective strategy for improving the self-health care management of home-patients with chronic diseases. The purpose of this study was to explore the intent to use of telehealth patients. The correlation between the self-care behaviors, the intent to use of telehealth, and the effects on physiological indicators of patients with chronic disease at home were studied. A cross-sectional study design employing purposive sampling was selected. The structured questionnaire ‘Telecare Usage Intention Scale and Self-Care Behavior Scale’ were used, ‘HbA1c, glucose levels and monthly blood pressure measurements’ were analyzed in this thirteen month study. The self-care behaviors of the participants were positively correlated with their intent to use telehealth (p < 0.01). The results also indicated that HbA1c, glucose levels and frequency BP measurement of the participants improved significantly after using telecare (p < 0.005). The results indicated a strong intent to use telehealth and positive perception of telecare services by in-home patients with a chronic disease. Telehealth improves the self-care behavior of in-home chronic disease patients and enhances medical professionals’ ability to deliver quality and effective healthcare. View Full-Text
Keywords: telehealth; chronic disease; self-health management; eHealth telehealth; chronic disease; self-health management; eHealth
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Uei, S.-L.; Kuo, Y.-M.; Tsai, C.-H.; Kuo, Y.-L. An Exploration of Intent to Use Telehealth at Home for Patients with Chronic Diseases. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1544.

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