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Gaceta Sanitaria

versión impresa ISSN 0213-9111

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LOPEZ-TORRES, Jesús et al. Results of a telemedicine program for primary care patients with type 2 diabetes. Gac Sanit [online]. 2015, vol.29, n.1, pp.55-58. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2014.08.003.

Objective: To evaluate the impact of a telemedicine program on self-perceived health in patients with type 2 diabetes in primary care, as well as patient acceptance of and satisfaction with this program. Method: We conducted an 18-month follow-up through telemedicine in 52 diabetic patients. The study design was non-experimental (before and after). In addition to weekly electronic transmission of fasting glucose levels, we regularly provided advice to patients about healthy habits. Results: No statistically significant differences were observed when mean blood glucose values were compared during follow-up. However, at the end of participation, the mean score in self-perceived health was significantly higher than at the initial assessment (70.5 ± 12.8 vs. 62.8 ± 15.0, p = 0.02). After 18 months of participation in the telemedicine program, 57.7% of patients were satisfied and 38.5% were very satisfied. Conclusions: Although glycemic control did not improve during the follow-up, electronic transmission of information was found to be feasible and satisfactory for patients. The patients reported a higher level of self-perceived health.

Palabras clave : Diabetes mellitus type 2; Telemedicine; Primary health care.

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