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Using telemedicine to provide post-discharge support for patients with spinal cord injuries

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We are conducting a randomized controlled trial of telemedicine with patients with spinal cord injuries in their own homes. Internet videoconferencing is used at a bandwidth of 128 kbit/s. Data collection began in March 2004. Twelve patients had entered the study by August 2004, but none had completed it. Preliminary results in one case suggest that telemedicine provided various benefits: (1) the patient received advice he would probably not have solicited; (2) it enabled an expert to view the entry site of a pin in the patient's halo brace, to determine whether the general practitioner should be contacted to arrange a swab; (3) it made it easier for the interviewer to understand family interactions during the session. Telemedicine offers an additional tool in the care of geographically widespread outpatients.

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Soopramanien, Anba, Pain, Helen, Stainthorpe, Andrew, Menarini, Mauro and Ventura, Manfredi (2005) Using telemedicine to provide post-discharge support for patients with spinal cord injuries Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 11, (Supplement 1), pp. 68-70. (doi:10.1258/1357633054461633).

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Published date: 1 July 2005

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Local EPrints ID: 51887
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/51887
ISSN: 1357-633X
PURE UUID: c32d3041-e1f6-491e-b685-2dc043aee906

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Date deposited: 02 Jun 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:47

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Author: Anba Soopramanien
Author: Helen Pain
Author: Andrew Stainthorpe
Author: Mauro Menarini
Author: Manfredi Ventura

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