Pilot Study: Light Touch telemonitoring for people with COPD in Lothian

Organisation : University of Edinburgh
Grant Amount : £ 78,568

NHS Lothian’s recent medium-scale deployment of telehealthcare in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), indicated that daily monitoring of data by clinicians may be unnecessary and may contribute to false alerts. Our qualitative research suggested that many patients became adept at self-monitoring and self-management informed by their symptoms and oxygen levels. NHS Lothian therefore introduced ‘Light-Touch telemonitoring’ which offered selected patients a pulse-oximeter, symptom-diary and patient-initiated telephone advice, but without daily clinician monitoring. We wish to evaluate the acceptability, perceived utility and impact of this service, and to assess NHS resource use to inform the potential extension of this service.