How to formulate research questions and design studies for telehealth assessment and evaluation.

Fatehi, Farhad, Smith, Anthony C., Maeder, Anthony, Wade, Victoria and Gray, Leonard C. (2016) How to formulate research questions and design studies for telehealth assessment and evaluation.. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 23 9: 759-763. doi:10.1177/1357633X16673274

Author Fatehi, Farhad
Smith, Anthony C.
Maeder, Anthony
Wade, Victoria
Gray, Leonard C.
Title How to formulate research questions and design studies for telehealth assessment and evaluation.
Journal name Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-633X
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1357633X16673274
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 23
Issue 9
Start page 759
End page 763
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject 2718 Health Informatics
Abstract Planning a research strategy and formulating the right research questions at various stages of developing a telehealth intervention are essential for producing scientific evidence. The aim of research at each stage should correspond to the maturity of the intervention and will require a variety of study designs. Although there are several published evaluation frameworks for telemedicine or telehealth as a subset of broader eHealth domain, there is currently no simple model to guide research planning. In this paper we propose a five-stage model as a framework for planning a comprehensive telehealth research program for a new intervention or service system. The stages are: (1) Concept development, (2) Service design, (3) Pre-implementation, (4) Implementation, (5) Post-implementation, and at each stage a number of studies are considered. Robust evaluation is important for the widespread acceptance and implementation of telehealth. We hope this framework enables researchers, service administrators and clinicians to conceptualise, undertake and appraise telehealth research from the point of view of being able to assess how applicable and valid the research is for their particular circumstances.
Keyword Telehealth
Research question
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID APP1061183
Institutional Status UQ

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