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The role of telemonitoring in caring for older people with long-term conditions

Long-term conditions have a negative effect on the lives of older people and those who care for them. As the population ages, so the prevalence of long-term conditions increases, which presents substantial challenges to providers of health and social care. This article examines how telemonitoring could help to meet some of these challenges. Telemonitoring involves patients at home recording vital signs, for example, blood pressure and pulse, and transmitting this information electronically to nurses based elsewhere. Nurses can then use these data to identify signs of deterioration, intervene promptly and prevent admission to hospital. There is some evidence that this form of care is popular with patients and can improve clinical outcomes. However, nurses should ensure that they understand the opportunities and difficulties presented by telemonitoring, develop the skills necessary to use it effectively and put themselves at the forefront of this innovative method of supporting care provision.

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Additional Titles
Nursing Older People

Key Information

Type of Reference
Jour
Type of Work
Article
ISBN/ISSN
14720795
Resource Database
A9h
Publication Year
2012
Issue Number
7
Volume Number
24
Start Page
21-25