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

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2012 by National Taiwan University Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Taiwan University Hospital Identifier:
First received: January 2, 2012
Last updated: November 7, 2012
Last verified: November 2012
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 Intervention
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Other: Telehealth program
Other: Usual care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Feasibility and Effectiveness of Telehealth in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Taiwan

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Further study details as provided by National Taiwan University Hospital:

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

Estimated Enrollment: 200
Study Start Date: December 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Telehealth program
Telehealth program service
Other: Telehealth program
Usual care
Usual care service
Other: Usual care


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
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01724684

Contact: Chun-Ta Huang, MD

National Taiwan University Hospital Recruiting
Taipei, Taiwan, 100
Contact: Chun-Ta Huang, MD   
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 Identifier: NCT01724684     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 201106097RB
Study First Received: January 2, 2012
Last Updated: November 7, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017