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Feasibility and Effectiveness of Telehealth in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Taiwan

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01724684
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified November 2012 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : November 12, 2012
Last Update Posted : November 12, 2012
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Study Description
Brief Summary:
Recent studies have demonstrated the promising potential that telehealth has in management of chronic disease. For COPD patients, implementation of telehealth reduced readmissions, emergency room visits, and exacerbations and was cost-effective. Telehealth as a method of delivering healthcare to remote, resource-deprived areas is not lacking in evidence of benefit; however, the situation about its more widespread use for monitoring purposes is much less clear. To date, most of the studies dealing with telehealth in COPD were conducted in countries covering vast territories. Therefore, it needs to be investigated whether telehealth conveys similar advantages for COPD patients in a small island country.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Other: Telehealth program Other: Usual care

Study Design

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Feasibility and Effectiveness of Telehealth in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Taiwan
Study Start Date : December 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2012

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: COPD Lung Diseases
U.S. FDA Resources

Arms and Interventions

Arm Intervention/treatment
Telehealth program
Telehealth program service
Other: Telehealth program
Usual care
Usual care service
Other: Usual care

Outcome Measures

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of Participants with Hospital Readmission at 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Eligibility Criteria

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Age 20 or more

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Discharge against medical advice
  • Enrolled in other trials
  • Not being discharged to home
  • Unconsciousness
Contacts and Locations

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01724684

Contact: Chun-Ta Huang, MD huangct@ntu.edu.tw

National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Chun-Ta Huang, MD       huangct@ntu.edu.tw   
Principal Investigator: Chun-Ta Huang, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Taiwan University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Chun-Ta Huang, M.D National Taiwan University Hospital
More Information

Responsible Party: National Taiwan University Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01724684     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 201106097RB
First Posted: November 12, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 12, 2012
Last Verified: November 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases