Health/Illness transition and telehealth: a concept analysis using the evolutionary method

Nurs Forum. 2005 Jul-Sep;40(3):96-106. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2005.00017.x.


Topic: Telehealth as an alternative to hospitalization.

Purpose: Exploring the health/illness transition that occurs when an acutely ill client may be discharged into the home with telehealth in place of hospitalization or in an effort to promote an earlier discharge from the hospital.

Source: Published literature.

Conclusion: The concept of the health/illness transition using telehealth has not been researched. Qualitative methods of research using interviews could enhance the knowledge in selecting appropriate individuals and nursing interventions to enhance the clients' transition from the hospital to the home with telehealth.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease / nursing
  • Acute Disease / psychology
  • Aftercare / organization & administration*
  • Aftercare / psychology
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Awareness
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Transition*
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Theory
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Discharge*
  • Patient Selection
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Telemedicine / organization & administration*