HealthDay News — Telemedicine follow-up enables more comprehensive diabetes foot ulcer care, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Nursing.

Beate-Christin Hope Kolltveit, RN, from the Western Norway University of Applied Science in Bergen, and colleagues assessed the implications of telemedicine adoption for diabetes-related foot care on health professionals through field observation and interviews.

The researchers found that use of telemedicine in home-based care was more challenging than in the outpatient clinic setting. Health care professionals in both the hospital and home care contexts felt that telemedicine facilitated a more comprehensive approach toward the patients, but acknowledged the need for modified applications depending on the setting.

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“Introducing more updated equipment and minor structural adjustments in consultation time and resources could make the use of telemedicine in home-based care more robust,” the authors write.


Kolltveit BCH, Thorne S, Graue M, Gjengedal E, Iversen MM, Kirkevold M. Telemedicine follow-up facilitates more comprehensive diabetes foot ulcer care: A qualitative study in home based and specialist health care [published online November 29, 2017]. J Clin Nurs. doi:10.1111/jocn.14193