Reduction of medical hospitalizations in veterans with schizophrenia using home telehealth.

Reduction of medical hospitalizations in veterans with schizophrenia using home telehealth.

Psychiatry Res. 2017 May 16;255:153-155

Authors: Flaherty LR, Daniels K, Luther J, Haas GL, Kasckow J

Abstract
This study tested the hypothesis that addition of telehealth to Intensive Case Monitoring (ICM) would reduce hospital admissions in Veterans with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder admitted for psychiatric care in response to suicidal behavior. Participants (n =51) were randomized to ICM or ICM plus telehealth monitoring. Telehealth participants responded to daily electronic queries about depression, suicidality, and medication adherence. Comparisons revealed that participants in the telehealth group had significantly less medical hospitalizations than the control group. This study found that telehealth augmentation is related to decreased number and length of medical hospitalizations in Veterans with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

PMID: 28550756 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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