Using telehealth in the management of hypertension
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Using telehealth in the management of hypertension

Charlotte Elizabeth Harrison Community staff nurse, Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust, Stoke on Trent, England
Karen Wild Lecturer, adult nursing, Keele University, Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Aim

To explore the usefulness of, and evidence for, telehealth in the management of hypertension in the primary care setting.

Method

The population, intervention, comparison and outcome (PICO) tool was used to define the research question for the literature review, which was: ‘Do adults with hypertension being monitored with telehealth/telemonitoring have a higher quality of life and improved management compared with standard care?’

Findings

The literature review identified that a common challenge in implementing telehealth in patients with hypertension was the requirement to improve patients' compliance with and participation in telehealth systems.

Conclusion

Ongoing challenges with the implementation of telehealth include suboptimal feedback, and reduced patient interest in and compliance with telehealth systems. It was also noted that patients involved in longer trials had a higher withdrawal rate than those enrolled on shorter intense studies. In addition, patient lifestyle choices, including outdoor working, and lack of Wi-Fi proved a challenge to self-monitoring. If not resolved, such challenges could adversely affect the widespread use of telehealth.

Nursing Standard. 31, 48, 44-49. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10618

Correspondence

Charlotte.Harrison1@ssotp.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 22 July 2016

Accepted: 02 February 2017

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