HumanInsight Bringing the hospital to home: Patient-reported outcome measures of a digital health-supported home hospitalisation platform to support hospital care at home for heart failure patients
Digit Health. 2023 Jan 25;9:20552076231152178. doi: 10.1177/20552076231152178. eCollection 2023 Jan-Dec.
BACKGROUND: Hospitalisations for heart failure are frequent and costly, linked with a lower quality of life, and lead to higher morbidity and mortality. Home hospitalisation interventions could be a substitute for in-hospital stays to reduce the burden on patients. The current study aims to investigate patient-reported satisfaction and usability in combination with the safety of a digital health-supported home hospitalisation intervention for heart failure patients.
METHODS: We conducted an international, multicentre, single-arm, interventional study to investigate the feasibility and safety of a digital health-supported home hospitalisation platform. Patients with acute decompensation of known and well-assessed chronic heart failure with an indication for hospital admission were included. The primary outcome was patient satisfaction. Secondary outcomes were usability, adherence, and safety.
RESULTS: A total number of 66 patients were included, of which the data of 65 patients (98.5%) was analysed. A total of 86.1% of patients reported being very satisfied or totally satisfied. No patients reported to be not satisfied with the home hospitalisation intervention. The patients reported a sufficient usability score (mean score: 75.8% of 100%) for the digital health-supported home hospitalisation platform. The adherence to the daily measurements of blood pressure and weight was very high, whereas the adherence to the daily interaction with the eCoach was lower (69.3%). In 7 patients (10.8%), a conversion from home hospitalisation to regular hospitalisation was needed. Furthermore, 6 patients (9.2%) had rehospitalisation within 30 days after the end of the home hospitalisation intervention.
CONCLUSION: A digitally supported home hospitalisation intervention is feasible. This study demonstrates high patient satisfaction and sufficiently high usability scores. The safety outcomes are comparable with traditional heart failure hospitalisations. This indicates that digitally supported home hospitalisation could be an alternative to in-hospital care for all age groups, yet further research is needed to prove the (cost-) effectiveness.
PMID:36762022 | PMC:PMC9903014 | DOI:10.1177/20552076231152178
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