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A New Telemedicine Approach for Chronic HIV/AIDS Patient Home Care

This study has been completed.
Bioengineering and Telemedicine Unit.Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Information provided by:
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona Identifier:
First received: May 3, 2010
Last updated: May 4, 2010
Last verified: April 2010
Background: Antiretroviral therapy has changed the natural history of the HIV infection in developed countries becoming a chronic disease. This clinical scenario would need a new approach to control patients, simplifying the follow-up visits and the accessibility to the healthcare professionals. A new home care model using a telemedicine system (Virtual Hospital) was developed.

Condition Intervention
HIV Infection Other: Virtual Hospital Other: Standard of Care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A New Telemedicine Approach for Chronic HIV/AIDS Patient Home Care

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Further study details as provided by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Clinical evaluation of patients cared through Virtual Hospital [ Time Frame: Two years ]
    The main goals were the definition, development, clinical routine installation and evaluation of a telemedicine service that compares standard care with telecare follow-up for attending stable HIV-infected patients in the chronic phase of their disease.

Enrollment: 83
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: December 2007
Primary Completion Date: December 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm I
Arm I: HIV-infected patients controlled through Virtual Hospital
Other: Virtual Hospital
A new home care model using a telemedicine system (Virtual Hospital) to care chronic HIV-infected patients
Arm II
Arm II: HIV-infected patients controlled through Standard Care
Other: Standard of Care
Standard of Care

Detailed Description:
Stable HIV-infected patients with access to a computer and broadband were randomized to: arm I, patients monitored by Virtual Hospital the first year and arm II patients monitored in the hospital the first year (standard of care). After 1 year of follow up, patients were crossed into the other arm. A "Virtual Hospital" was developed to integrate the control of patient in a multidisciplinary telecare team, allowing the patient to be remotely followed-up by the healthcare professionals through Internet. Virtual Hospital had four main services: Virtual Consultations, Telepharmacy, Virtual Library and Virtual Community. A technical and a clinical evaluation of Virtual Hospital were made.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Stable patients (CD4 >250 cells/mm3 during at least the 3 months before inclusion to the study)
  • Having access to a computer and to a broadband

Exclusion Criteria:

  • HIV infected adults with current therapy failure (defined by detectable viral load on treatment or CD4 cell count < 250 cells/ml)
  • Tumors
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Pregnant women
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01117675

Agata Leon
Barcelona, Spain, 08036
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hospital Clinic of Barcelona
Bioengineering and Telemedicine Unit.Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  More Information

Caceres C, et al. A telemedicine system for chronic HIV/AIDS patient home care through the Internet. Telemedicine and e-Health 2005; 11: 219-220. Caceres C, et al. A Home Integral Telecare System for HIV/AIDS Patients. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2005;114:23-9. Caceres C, et al. An integral care telemedicine system for HIV/AIDS patients. Int J Med Inform. 2006; 75:638-42.

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Agata Leon/Physician, Hospital Clinic Identifier: NCT01117675     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Hospital Clinic
Universidad Politecnica Madrid
Study First Received: May 3, 2010
Last Updated: May 4, 2010

Keywords provided by Hospital Clinic of Barcelona:
Home care
Chronic HIV infection
HIV-infected patients

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases processed this record on September 20, 2017