An Exploration of Intent to Use Telehealth at Home for Patients with Chronic Diseases
AbstractTelecare 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
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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.
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. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(12):1544.Chicago/Turabian Style
Uei, Shu-Lin; Kuo, Yu-Ming; Tsai, Chung-Hung; Kuo, Yu-Lun. 2017. "An Exploration of Intent to Use Telehealth at Home for Patients with Chronic Diseases." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 12: 1544.
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