Renal telemedicine through video-as-a-service delivered to patients on home dialysis: a qualitative study on the renal care team members’ experience

Ditchburn, Jae-Llane and Marshall, Alison (2017) Renal telemedicine through video-as-a-service delivered to patients on home dialysis: a qualitative study on the renal care team members’ experience. Journal of Renal Care, 43 (3). pp. 175-182.

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Background: The Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the UK has been providing renal care through video-as-a-service (VAAS) to patients since 2013, with support from the North West NHS Shared Infrastructure Service, a collaborative team that supports information and communication technology use in the UK National Health Service.

Introduction: Renal telemedicine offered remotely to patients on home dialysis supports renal care through the provision of a live high-quality video link directly to unsupported patients undergoing haemodialysis at home. Home haemodialysis is known to provide benefits to patients, particularly in making them more independent. The use of a telemedicine video-link in Lancashire and South Cumbria, UK, further reduces patient dependence on the professional team.

Objective: The purpose of this paper is to present the perspectives of the renal care team members using the renal telemedicine service to understand the perceived benefits and issues with the service.

Method: Ten semi-structured interviews with members of the renal care team (two renal specialists, one matron, two renal nurses, one business manager, one renal technical services manager, two IT technicians and one hardware maintenance technician) were conducted. Thematic analysis was undertaken to analyse the qualitative data.

Results: A range of incremental benefits to the renal team members were reported, including more efficient use of staff time, reduced travel, peace of mind and a strong sense of job satisfaction. Healthcare staff believed that remote renal care through video was useful, encouraged concordance and could nurture confidence in patients. Key technological issues and adjustments which would improve the renal telemedicine service were also identified.

Conclusion: The impact of renal telemedicine was positive on the renal team members. The use of telemedicine has been demonstrated to make home dialysis delivery more efficient and safe. The learning from staff feedback could inform development of services elsewhere.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Journal of Renal Care
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1755-6686
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Outdoor Studies
Additional Information: Jae-Llane Ditchburn is a Lecturer in Molecular Biology at the University of Cumbria, UK. Alison Marshall is a Professor of Health Technology and Innovation and Director of the Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies (CaCHeT) at the University of Cumbria, UK.
Depositing User: Jae-Llane Ditchburn
Date Deposited: 17 May 2017 08:57
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 16:16


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