Dr Raymond Cross and colleagues from Maryland assessed the acceptance and feasibility of a home telemanagement system in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
The home telemanagement system consisted of a laptop and a scale.
The investigative team asked subjects to complete weekly self-testing for 6 months.
Disease activity, quality of life, and knowledge were assessed at baseline and 6 months.
The subjects completed attitudinal surveys at 6 months.
| Adherence with self-testing was 91%|
|Journal of Digestive Diseases & Sciences|
The investigators reported that 25 subjects completed the study.
The team found that 91% of patients thought that self-testing was not complicated.
The investigators observed that 86% mentioned that self-testing did not interfere with their usual activities.
The team noted that 91% of patients would consider using a home telemanagement system in the future.
Adherence with self-testing was 91%.
The investigators observed improvements in disease activity, and quality of life after implementation of home telemanagement system.
Significant improvements in knowledge were also found after implementation of the home telemanagement system.
Dr Cross' team concluded, “The home telemanagement system is feasible and accepted in IBD.”
“We predict that the home telemanagement system will positively affect adherence, monitoring, and patient education, resulting in improved disease activity and quality of life.”