Telehealth Improvement in Diabetic Health
THE USE OF TELEHEALTH IN THE DIABETIC MANAGEMENT
TelehealthImprovement in Diabetic Health
TelehealthImprovement in Diabetic Health
Diabeteshas become the most deadly health complications in the contemporary.The complication has regrettable economic and psychological impactson patients and family members. Diabetes affects all members of thesociety including health professionals. So far, there is limitedinformation on the actual causes of diabetes. Experts are alsowitnessing the problem in identifying effective means to manage theproblem (Wai Leng, Jundong, Li Wei, Joo Pin, Kwong Ming, & Chen,2014). Besides, telehealth is an innovation that supports the use oftelecommunication-based technology. The technology facilitates themanagement of severe health complications in healthcare settings. Thefacilitation of the technology in the diabetic management processhelps to improve outcomes of the treatment process (Wai Leng,Jundong, Li Wei, Joo Pin, Kwong Ming, & Chen, 2014). Thetechnology also enhances the improvement of service delivery inprimary settings.
However,despite its popularity, there is limited information on its benefitsto the diabetic management. As a result, scholars and healthprofessionals have undertaken intensive research and scientificstudies to identify the effectiveness and application of thetechnology in the treatment process. So far, the adoption of thetelehealth technology has proved to relatively productive insupporting diabetic management. Therefore, the literature review willfocus on exploring the existing research findings on theeffectiveness of telehealth in supporting the diabetic management.The study will compare the telehealth services and conventional meansof managing diabetic complications. Consequently, the PICOT analysiswill support the analysis of the existing data.
I:The use of telehealth services to treat diabetic patients
C:Comparison of telehealth with other treatment services
O: The improvement of outcomes of the diabetic treatment process
T:Six months of post recovery
ADescription of the Search History
Theliterature review relies on information from different crediblesources. The existing nursing and healthcare management journals areproductive in supporting the collection of accurate information fromvarious sources. Qualitative journals provide empirical data thathighlight some of the benefits of using telehealth in the diabeticmanagement. Qualitative journals also affirm that modern technologyfacilitates the identification of causes of diabetes andcost-effective means to minimize its implications. Besides,quantitative journals provide numerical data that support the use ofthe telehealth in the management of the diabetic healthcomplications.
Healthcarefacilities data also reveals the successful means of using theexisting technology in dealing with emerging chronic healthcomplications. Patients’ records indicate that telehealth preventsover 25% of deaths that emerge due to the poor management of diabeticconditions. The government reports are also significant in supportingthe collection of accurate and informed data on the effectiveness oftelehealth in the diabetic management. The sources reveal some of thegovernment policies that support the use of emerging technology indealing with the health complications. Experts’ opinions alsohighlight the importance and possible regrettable implications ofusing modern technology in supporting the management of chronichealth complications (Schramm, 2016).
Synthesisof the Evidence
Thestudy included 50 heterogeneous systematic reviews. The analysisaffirmed that 39 sources provided almost similar results. The resultsaffirm that telehealth is relatively effective in supporting themanagement of diabetes in the modern healthcare facilities. Thesources affirm that modern technology has been useful in supportingthe management of diabetic health conditions. Studies also indicatethat the telehealth has helped to address the ever-increasing deathsthat emerge from diabetic health conditions. The technology alsohelps health professionals to gather adequate information thatsupports the management of diabetic health problems (Krupinski,2017).
Critiqueof the Evidence
Theothers 11 sources presented conflicting information on the role oftelehealth in the diabetic management. The 20 sources also affirmedthe significant of undertaking intensive research to understand thecontribution of modern technology in the management of chronic healthcomplications. The sources affirmed that the technology is relativelycostly as compared to other means of managing the problem. Thetelehealth is also inappropriate in some stages of chronic healthcaremanagement. The research findings are also inconsistent with the datafound in the existing government and healthcare facilities reports.The emerging theme presents problematic nature of the economicanalysis. The theme fails to provide economic benefits of thetechnology to patients and the entire community. The theme alsoaffirms that the technology is relatively complicated andinapplicable in most of the modern healthcare facilities. Besides,the ongoing collaborative achievement is unpredictable in most of themodern healthcare facilities (Iannitto, Dickman, Lakhani, & June2014).
Gapin the Evidence
Sofar, there is missing evidence on the direct and indirect benefits oftelehealth in the diabetic management. The review affirms the needfor undertaking additional research to identify roles of thetechnology in the improvement of diabetic management. Further studiescan also help to address the emerging unpredictability of thetechnology among patients and the entire healthcare facilities. Thestudy can also help to identify clinical and cost effectiveness ofthe technology in the modern healthcare facilities. The existingliterature also supports the need for additional research on roles ofall stakeholders in supporting the use of modern technology in themanagement of possible healthcare challenges. Additional studies onthe telehealth as controlled intervention will also help healthprofessionals identify reliable means to integrate the technology inthe diabetic management. The analysis of the economic implicationswill also enrich the existing stock of knowledge on the benefits oftelehealth in the management of diabetes. The evaluation oftelehealth as complex technology will also be essential in supportinga collaborative achievement. Therefore, formative assessment is anessential area of interests in the study (Ładyżyński,& Wójcicki, 2016).
Applicationto the Nursing Practice
Theliterature is relatively applicable and relevant in the nursingpractice. So far, diabetic patients form the largest portion ofnurses’ patients. Besides, diabetic patients constitute the highestnumber of individuals losing their lives due to chronic healthcomplications. Therefore, the existing evidence helps in theidentification of some of the benefits of using modern technology inthe management of chronic health problems. The evidence providesreliable information on benefits of undertaking intensive research tounderstand sustainable means to manage emerging health complication.The evidence also facilitates the understanding of the importance ofteamwork in supporting the diabetic management process. The studyaffirms that advanced nurses have the role of using modern technologyin meeting community members’ health needs (Wai Leng, Jundong, LiWei, Joo Pin, Kwong Ming, & Chen, 2014). Furthermore, evidencehelp nurses to develop a patient-centered treatment strategy.Therefore, the successful use of the existing evidence is paramountin supporting the management of emerging chronic health problems.
Theevidence also changes the nursing practice. The introduction ofemerging innovation in the treatment process alters roles andcontribution of nurses in the treatment process. As a result, nurseshave an additional role to engage in intensive research to identifyeffective means to use modern technology in the management of chronichealth complications. Nurses also acquire an additional role ofinvolving all stakeholders in the management of chronic healthproblems (Wai Leng, Jundong, Li Wei, Joo Pin, Kwong Ming, & Chen,2014).
However,the lack of adequate information on economic benefits of thetelehealth in the diabetic management is a barrier in the nursingpractice. The high cost associated with the technology can underminenurses’ ability to convince patients to use the technology in thediabetes treatment and management process (Hopp,Hogan, Woodbridge, & Lowery, 2016).
Diabetesis a regrettable health complication in the modern society. So far,health professionals and experts have not identified reliable andsuitable treatment measures. However, the use of modern technologyhas become productive in managing the condition. Precisely, studiesindicate that telehealth is applicable in the management of theproblem. However, additional studies will enhance the understandingof the effectiveness of the technology in the diabetic management.The existing literature is applicable to the nursing professionals.The evidence supports the adoption of a patient-centered approach todiabetic management processes. Therefore, the research will help toaddress all setbacks that undermine the effectiveness of telehealthin the diabetic management process.
Outlineof a Research Article
Sofar, over 29.1 million of the United States’ populations arediabetics. Diabetic patients account for 9.3% of the totalpopulation. Therefore, the condition has severe implications on thestate’s social and economic status. Diabetes also affects patient’sphysical and mental wellbeing. The condition is also the leadingcause of deaths in the United States and most of the modern developedstates. Therefore, the study examines the effectiveness of thetelehealth in supporting the diabetic management. The researcharticle also provides information on the diabetic etiology,epidemiology cost. The study compares the telehealth services andconventional means of managing diabetic complications (Bashshur,Shannon, Smith, & Woodward, 2015).
Thestudy relies on mixed data collection approach. The researcher alsogathers information on publications from 2005 and 2013. Qualitativejournals have also proved to be effective in facilitating thecollection of the research data. Besides, interviews and the use ofopen-ended questionnaires support the collection of credible researchdata (Bashshur, Shannon, Smith, & Woodward, 2015).
Thestudy recorded the research data differently to facilitate easyidentification. The study also compared research findings fromorganizations that rely on modern technology and the healthcaresettings that use conventional data collection methods. Qualitativeresearch also helped to explain the research findings. The researcherorganized the telediabetes in different forms, GDM, DR, type 1 andtype 2. The concepts diabetes, telehealth, and telemedicine helped toidentify the research materials.
Althoughthere was no recorded information in the manuscript, the researchaffirms that telehealth was effective in supporting diabeticmanagement. The research findings also indicate that effective use ofthe technology can help to reduce the witnessed regrettableimplications of the diabetic health conditions.
Thesecondary results also affirm that healthcare facilities that usetelehealth have improved health performance among diabetic patients.However, the study presents limited information on cost effectivenessof the technology. Healthcare facilities data also reveals thesuccessful means of using the existing technology in dealing withemerging chronic health complications. The government annualstatistics highlights effectiveness of telehealth in the diabeticmanagement. The sources reveal some of the government policies thatsupport the use of emerging technology in dealing with the healthcomplications. Experts’ views indicate the significance andpossible challenging implications of using telehealtin supporting themanagement of chronic health complications (Bashshur, Shannon, Smith,& Woodward, 2015).
Primaryand secondary data indicate that telehealth is reliable in supportingdiabetic management. However, there is variation in the economicbenefits and viability of the technology in developing and poorstates. Therefore, there is need for additional studies to understandcost effective means of implementing the technology. The topic isalso relevant in addressing chronic health complications in themodern society. Ideally, diabetic condition is a major threat to thequality of life among modern population. Therefore, the studyindicates that intensive integration of the modern technology cansupport the reduction of diabetic health conditions (Bashshur,Shannon, Smith, & Woodward, 2015).
Thestudy indicates that diabetes is a regrettable health complication.Therefore, modern technology can be effective in dealing with theproblem. Preciselytelehealth service supports the development of patient empowermentand improved self-managed care. The facilitation of the technologycan also promote better outcomes to the diabetic population
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