Clinical use of Skype: a review of the evidence base

Armfield, Nigel R., Gray, Leonard C. and Smith, Anthony C. (2012) Clinical use of Skype: a review of the evidence base. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 18 3: 125-127. doi:10.1258/jtt.2012.SFT101

Author Armfield, Nigel R.
Gray, Leonard C.
Smith, Anthony C.
Title Clinical use of Skype: a review of the evidence base
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2012-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jtt.2012.SFT101
Volume 18
Issue 3
Start page 125
End page 127
Total pages 3
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal Society of Medicine Press
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Skype is a popular and free software application thatallows PCs and mobile devices to be used for video communication over the Internet. We reviewed the literature to determine whether the clinical use of Skype is supported by evidence. One small (n ¼ 7) controlled clinical trial had assessed the effect of nursing communication using Skype on elderly patients with dementia and their carers. However, we were unable to identify any large, well-designed studies which had formally evaluated the safety, clinical effectiveness, security and privacy of Skype for the routine delivery of patient care. While there were many case reports and small studies, no firm evidence either in favour of, or against the use of Skype for clinical telehealth was found. The risks and benefits of using Skype for clinical purposes are not known.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 23 February 2012.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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