‘Telehealth’ describes the use of information and communication technologies for remote delivery of health care. This website is the product of the project Home-Based Telehealth for Chronic Disease Management: A Synthesis of Knowledge, Gaps, and Priorities. A research team at the UBC e-Health Strategy Office, led by principal investigator Dr. Sandra Jarvis-Selinger, reviewed and synthesized five years of research on home telehealth for chronic disease management (2005-2010; limited material from 2011-2012 included).* Six diseases were targeted: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and renal disease. This work was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
An essential aspect of this project is its ongoing engagement of provincial knowledge users in defining the scope of evidence and types of information required for practical, informed decision-making. A team of decision makers identified through BCATPR was integral in shaping the format and recommendations of this interactive report. The research team also solicited feedback from participants in two knowledge translation events. These events’ attendees included health professionals, administrators, and patient advocates from throughout the province. One of their many contributions to this project was the suggestion to present findings through a searchable, easily navigable website.
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