Design and performance of a multicentre, randomized controlled trial of teleconsulting


Wallace, PG; Haines, A; Harrison, R; Barber, J; Thompson, S; Jacklin, P; Roberts, J; Lewis, L; Wainwright, P; (2002) Design and performance of a multicentre, randomized controlled trial of teleconsulting. Journal of telemedicine and telecare, 8. pp. 94-95. ISSN 1357-633X DOI: https://doi.org/10.1258/135763302320302208

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Abstract

We have designed and performed a multicentre, randomized controlled trial of teleconsulting. The trial investigated the effectiveness and cost implications in rural and inner-city settings of using videoconferencing as an alternative to general practitioner referral to a hospital specialist. The participating general practitioners referred a total of 3170 patients who satisfied the entry criteria. Of these, 1040 (33%) failed to provide consent or otherwise refused to participate in the trial. Of the patients recruited to the trial, a total of 1902 (91%) completed and returned the baseline questionnaire. Although the trial was successful in recruiting sufficient patients and in obtaining high questionnaire response rates, the findings will require careful interpretation to take account of the limits which the protocol placed on the ability of general practitioners to select patients for referral.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Telemedicine, care, Family Practice, organization & administration, Human, Questionnaires, Referral and Consultation, organization & administration, Remote Consultation, methods, Rural Health Services, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Urban Health Services
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Social and Environmental Health Research
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 12217154
Web of Science ID: 177549700043
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/17503

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