New paper on healthcare professional perspectives on use of remote measurement technology

A new paper from the RADAR-CNS consortium explores how healthcare professionals (HCPs) view the use of remote measurement technology in the care of people with epilepsy, MS and depression. It was published online in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers from work package 9, based at the University of Nottingham, England, interviewed 26 healthcare professionals to find out about their views on using RMT with patients. 

Across all of the interviews, the study found eight main themes, covering the potential clinical value of RMT data, as well as when RMT may be most useful in care pathways and which health care staff roles might make most use of RMT data. The study also revealed how HCPs would prefer data to be presented and obstacles and limits to its successful use. Finally, the results showed how using RMT might empower patients, and how alerting healthcare professionals when patients need help could be beneficial but may also cause problems. 

Despite the potential benefits that RMT could provide, interviewees all stated that they would still need to see their patients face to face, even if the technology worked very effectively. Interestingly, they viewed RMT as a way to empower patients to be better informed about their own health and to help patients to determine whether to seek a healthcare appointment, while use of technology to alert healthcare professionals directly was viewed less favourably. 

To read the full paper visit the journal’s website here.