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Clinical use of Skype: a review of the evidence base.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22362829     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Skype is a popular and free software application that allows 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 = 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.
Nigel R Armfield; Leonard C Gray; Anthony C Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2012-02-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of telemedicine and telecare     Volume:  18     ISSN:  1758-1109     ISO Abbreviation:  J Telemed Telecare     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-04-16     Completed Date:  2013-01-07     Revised Date:  2013-05-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9506702     Medline TA:  J Telemed Telecare     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Centre for Online Health, Level 3, Foundation Building, Royal Children's Hospital, Herston, QLD 4029, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Medicine / methods
Telemedicine / methods*

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