Preliminary results from the Northern Ireland arms of the UK Multicentre Teledermatology Trial: is clinical management by realtime teledermatology possible?

M A Loane, H E Gore, S E Bloomer, R Corbett, D J Eedy, C Mathews, K Steele, R Wootton

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Abstract

Results from phase 1 of the UK Multicentre Teledermatology Trial demonstrated the diagnostic accuracy of realtime teledermatology using low-cost equipment. Phase 2 of the trial aimed to assess its effectiveness as a management tool for dermatological disease. Teledermatology consultations were organized between two health centres and two hospitals in Northern Ireland using low-cost videoconferencing equipment. For 205 patients seen by a dermatologist over the video-link a diagnosis and management plan were recorded. A subsequent face-to-face consultation was arranged on the same day to confirm the diagnosis and treatment regime. A comparison of these management plans revealed that the same plan was recommended in 64% of cases; the teledermatologist was unable to advocate a suitable management plan in 19% of cases; a suboptimal treatment plan was suggested by the teledermatologist in 6% of cases; and in 11% of cases, the teledermatologist suggested an inappropriate treatment plan. These findings indicate that appropriate clinical management was possible in approximately two-thirds of dermatology consultations via the video-link.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-5
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Volume4 Suppl 1
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Policy
  • Nursing(all)

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