Telehealth Nursing Research: Adding to the Evidence-base for Healthcare

Keywords: nursing, telehealth, intervention research, evidence -based practice, review

Abstract

This paper reviews recent, nurse-led telehealth research with the goal of describing research findings that provide evidence for practice. Methods: Using an iterative search method, of eight electronic databases, 84 nurse-led research papers were separated into intervention research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and descriptive research. The main emphasis was on full text analysis of the intervention research. Results: Fifteen intervention research papers reported findings related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, older age, young adults, early adolescents, children with special health care needs, people with a stoma, post-partum mothers and nurses. Also reviewed for useable evidence for practice were 10 systematic reviews, two meta-analyses and two papers that described reviews plus meta-analyses. Resuts: Fifty-five papers with descriptive designs are briefly described. Nurse-led intervention research is increasing knowledge about the use of telehealth technology and applications in care delivery. People with healthcare needs do better with individual attention and increased follow-up. People have a tolerance for technology used with them to advance their quality of life and healing but there is a point at which too much technology is overwhelming. Clinical research is a challenge due to the number of extraneous variables that are difficult to control and that can affect a person’s response to the research intervention. Conclusion: Continuation of nurse-led telehealth intervention research will help to ensure that technology used to support and advance care delivery will be evidence-based.

Author Biography

Claudia C Bartz, International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth

Telehealth Nursing Advocate

Chair, ISfTeH Telenursing Working Group

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Published
2020-12-25
How to Cite
Bartz, C. (2020). Telehealth Nursing Research: Adding to the Evidence-base for Healthcare. Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and EHealth, 8, e19 (1-9). https://doi.org/10.29086/JISfTeH.8.e19
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Special Theme : Telehealth in Nursing