TElehealth in CHronic disease: mixed-methods study to develop the TECH conceptual model for intervention design and evaluation

Chris Salisbury, Clare Thomas, Alicia O'Cathain, Anne Rogers, Catherine Pope, Lucy Yardley, Sandra Hollinghurst, Tom Fahey, Glyn Lewis, Shirley Large, Louisa Edwards, Alison Rowsell, Julia Segar, Simon Brownsell, Alan A Montgomery

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To develop a conceptual model for effective use of telehealth in the management of chronic health conditions, and to use this to develop and evaluate an intervention for people with two exemplar conditions: raised cardiovascular disease risk and depression.

DESIGN: The model was based on several strands of evidence: a metareview and realist synthesis of quantitative and qualitative evidence on telehealth for chronic conditions; a qualitative study of patients' and health professionals' experience of telehealth; a quantitative survey of patients' interest in using telehealth; and review of existing models of chronic condition management and evidence-based treatment guidelines. Based on these evidence strands, a model was developed and then refined at a stakeholder workshop. Then a telehealth intervention ('Healthlines') was designed by incorporating strategies to address each of the model components. The model also provided a framework for evaluation of this intervention within parallel randomised controlled trials in the two exemplar conditions, and the accompanying process evaluations and economic evaluations.

SETTING: Primary care.

RESULTS: The TElehealth in CHronic Disease (TECH) model proposes that attention to four components will offer interventions the best chance of success: (1) engagement of patients and health professionals, (2) effective chronic disease management (including subcomponents of self-management, optimisation of treatment, care coordination), (3) partnership between providers and (4) patient, social and health system context. Key intended outcomes are improved health, access to care, patient experience and cost-effective care.

CONCLUSIONS: A conceptual model has been developed based on multiple sources of evidence which articulates how telehealth may best provide benefits for patients with chronic health conditions. It can be used to structure the design and evaluation of telehealth programmes which aim to be acceptable to patients and providers, and cost-effective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e006448
Number of pages11
JournalBMJ Open
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2015

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    Salisbury, C., Thomas, C., O'Cathain, A., Rogers, A., Pope, C., Yardley, L., Hollinghurst, S., Fahey, T., Lewis, G., Large, S., Edwards, L., Rowsell, A., Segar, J., Brownsell, S., & Montgomery, A. A. (2015). TElehealth in CHronic disease: mixed-methods study to develop the TECH conceptual model for intervention design and evaluation. BMJ Open, 5(2), e006448. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006448