The Use of Telemedicine in T2DM

An observational study published online in BMJ Open described type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients’ experiences with telemedicine. The study, conducted in Spain, included 1,036 patients who were invited to complete a questionnaire; the survey had a 68% response rate. Patients were significantly more likely to record blood glucose values (85.9%) than lifestyle habits (14.4%). Only 9.8% of patients had telemedicine experience; of these patients, 70.5% reported satisfaction with its service. About three-quarters (73.5%) of patients said telemedicine optimized the management of their T2DM. Areas that could be improved included user friendliness (81.4%), medical team interaction (78.4%), and time required to record/transfer data (78.4%). Of the patients who were naïve to telemedicine, 38.2% said they would try a telemedicine program, but only 4.7% said they had ever been invited to do so. Most patients believed that encouragement from physicians (77.5%) and pharmacists (75.5%) may increase the use of telemedicine.

 

Source: Rodríguez-Fortúnez P, Franch-Nadal J, Fornos-Pérez JA, et all. BMJ Open. 2019;doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028467