Compliance and effectiveness of 1 year's home telemonitoring. The report of a pilot study of patients with chronic heart failure

Eur J Heart Fail. 2001 Dec;3(6):723-30. doi: 10.1016/s1388-9842(01)00190-8.


Patients with a diagnosis of heart failure, registered at the study practice, were recruited into the study. First, they had a cardiologist's assessment. They were then randomised into telemonitored patients who measured pulse, BP, weight and video consulted, and controls.

Aim: To examine the acceptability, effectiveness and reliability of home telemonitoring.

Results: A high proportion of those invited took part (n=20/24). Compliance with measuring weight, pulse and BP remained high throughout the study. The data collection system and secure web-server were reliable. The telemonitoring group complied better with collecting prescriptions for their cardiac drugs. Video consulting started with enthusiasm, but became less useful. There were no significant differences in the quality of life (GHQ) and Chronic Heart Failure (Guyatt) questionnaire scores between the telemonitored group and the controls.

Conclusions: Home telemonitoring is an acceptable reliable intervention. Baseline rates for compliance with self-monitoring are set out in this study. Benefit in terms of compliance with medication and self-monitoring is still seen after 1 year. Video consulting over ordinary telephone lines did not show sustained benefit, and was not complied with.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Blood Pressure / physiology
  • Body Weight / physiology
  • Cardiology Service, Hospital
  • Chronic Disease
  • Equipment Failure
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Failure / nursing*
  • Heart Failure / psychology*
  • Home Nursing* / education
  • Home Nursing* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Medical Records
  • Patient Compliance / psychology*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pulse
  • Quality of Life / psychology
  • Self Care / instrumentation
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemedicine* / instrumentation
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology