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Community-based tele-health systems for persons with diabetes: development of an outcomes model.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Social work in health care
Publication Date
Volume
48
Issue
2
Pages
134–153
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DOI: 10.1080/00981380802533389
PMID: 19197771
Source
Medline

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to obtain information on the perceptions of persons with diabetes regarding participation in a tele-health program. We conducted three focus groups among diabetics who had used a monitoring and messaging device (MMD), a commonly used tele-health care system. Analysis involved open and axial coding to identify major themes and relationships. Results suggest that these systems enhance communication, care-manager relationships, self-discipline, and clinical follow-up. The results suggest mechanisms by which tele-health systems influence the health care system and point to areas for further tele-health development.

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