Deborah Meyer, PhD, RN, & Albert Lai, PhD
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Improving quality of life through telemonitoring equipment
The Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science awarded Deborah Meyer, PhD, RN, and Albert Lai, PhD, with a community engagement pilot award for their research involving “Chronic Disease Management in Rural Appalachian Elderly.”
Their main research goal was to study the use of remote telemonitoring devices in patients over the age of sixty with chronic disease. The telemonitoring equipment (including a weight scale, blood pressure monitor and blood glucose meter) was connected to a telephone or cellular device set up to transfer data to the Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association. Registered nurses (RNs) then tracked the data and followed-up with participants when abnormal readings were noted.
The home remote monitoring was used to study both diabetes and heart failure. Pretests and posttests were administered to determine if the patients’ health improved by having telemonitoring equipment at home.
CCTS funding helped to rent the necessary telemonitoring equipment throughout the study period and hire an RN to serve as the primary point of contact for patients, while overseeing the equipment in patients’ homes.
Meyer and Lai discovered through their research that the recruitment process in the Appalachian area was difficult, however once patients were engaged, they uploaded their data consistently and completed the six month study.
“We are hopeful that the results will show that this approach improves quality of life and health,” Lai said.
This project was a collaboration of The Ohio State University, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Appalachian Community Visiting Nurse Association.
By Alecia Frankart, August 8, 2013
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