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Telemedicine in Chronic Disease Management

  • Author / Creator
    Ehteshami Afshar, Arash
  • Telemedicine is a promising but unproven tool for improving the quality of chronic disease care. The aim of this research is to investigate the potential of telemedicine for the care of patients with chronic diseases in Canada. We did a systematic review and meta-analysis of telemedicine for management of diabetes. In pooled analysis, mean A1C level in the telemedicine group was significantly lower than those of patients in the usual care group (weighted mean difference (WMD) -0.49, 95% CI -0.64, -0.35, p<0.00001) with evidence of statistical heterogeneity between studies (I2 = 65%). We also described the results of a survey that was used to demonstrate the willingness of 1849 patients to use telemedicine. The result showed that 65.1% (CI 61.4, 68.6) of Western Canadians with self-reported chronic disease are willing to use telehealth. Finally, a clinical trial proposal was presented for a study using telemedicine for management of diabetic nephropathy.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R33Q35
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • School of Public Health Sciences
  • Specialization
    • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Tonelli, Marcello (Medicine)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Klarenbach, Scott (Medicine)
    • Pannu, Neesh (Medicine)
    • Eurich, Dean (Public Health Sciences)