Primary Care Table 3 Systematic Review of Tele-Health

Author Year; Country
Score
Research Design
Total Sample Size

Methods

Outcome

Dorstyn et al. 2013

 

Australia

 

AMSTAR =  5

N=272

Population: 7 independent studies published between 2001-2011, all included those with SCI

Purpose: Systematic review of telecounselling interventions in spinal cord injury

Outcome measures: Varied, included health and psychological well-being, provision of information, peer-support.

  1. Some evidence that telecounselling can significantly improve management of common comorbidities, including sleep difficulties and pain.
  2. Some gains in quality of life at 12 months after treatment.

Dorstyn et al  2011

 

Australia

 

AMSTAR = 7

 

Meta-analysis

N = 204

Population:  8 studies published between 1970-2010, 3 involving SCI

Purpose:    meta-analysis of telehealth psychological interventions for people with SCI & other disabilities

Outcome Measures:   22 standardized outcome measures, incl. QOL, depression, coping, social support, community integration, impairment

  1. Strong evidence that coping, community integration and health-related quality of life associated with telehealth counselling
  2. Improvements attributed to attention and early intervention on new health issues and complications
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