Telehealth in COPD: the GP Perspective
Objectives: There is increasing interest in using assistive technologies in the management of chronic diseases. We aim to establish the views of the UK GPs on the use of telehealth in the management of COPD. Methods: A randomly selected group of GPs in England were invited to complete an online questionnaire. GPs were asked to rate their response on a 5-point Likert scale and to provide free-text comments with each question. Free text comments were analysed thematically. Results: 100/264 (38%) of GPs returned completed questionnaires. GPs were concerned about the cost effectiveness of telehealth, the potential of increasing their workload and poor communication with telehealth service providers. Conclusion: A better engagement of GPs is needed in order to integrate telehealth interventions successfully in primary care settings.
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