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BACKGROUND We conducted in two parts a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on electronic symptom reporting between patients and providers to improve health care service quality. Part 1 reviewed the typology of patient groups, health service innovations, and research targets. Four innovation categories were identified: consultation(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the value of preincisional peritonsillar infiltration of bupivacaine hydrochloride before tonsillectomy under general anesthesia. DESIGN Double-blind trial with two groups comparing 0.25% bupivacaine with placebo (normal saline). The patients were followed up for 10 days after surgery. SETTING Department of Otolaryngology,(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the CD8+ T-cell concentrations in first degree relatives of patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA) in order to evaluate whether the low CD8+ T-cell values found in most patients with GCA are acquired or hereditary. METHODS Probands were 5 patients with arteritis temporalis (TA) and 15 with polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Forty of(More)
In a pilot project, telemedicine was used to conduct retinal examinations of diabetic patients in the Alta municipality of Norway. All health-care workers who were involved in the project were interviewed. The ophthalmologists found that the grading of the level of retinopathy was quicker with digital images than with slit-lamp examinations. Fifty patients(More)
The costs of telemedicine screening for diabetic retinopathy were examined in a trial conducted in northern Norway, involving the University Hospital of Tromsø (UHT) and the primary care centre in Alta, approximately 400 km away. In Alta, specially trained nurses examined 42 diabetic patients using a digital camera to obtain images of the retina. The images(More)
This paper presents an interpretive case study on extraction of disease surveillance data from Electronic Patient Records (EPRs) in primary care. The General Practitioners (GPs) use of the EPR system, and the effect this has on data content, such as symptoms reported by patients and diagnoses reported by GPs, is discussed. The paper contributes to greater(More)
The Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine (NST) has, over the past two decades, contributed to the development and implementation of telemedicine and ehealth services in Norway. From 2002, NST has been a WHO Collaboration Center for telemedicine. In August 1996, Norway became the first country to implement an official telemedicine fee schedule making(More)
We investigated whether the parents of burns patients could capture suitable clinical images with a digital camera and add the necessary text information to enable the paediatric burns team to provide follow-up care via email. Four families were involved in the study, each of whom sent regular email consultations for six months. The results were very(More)
BACKGROUND Over the last two decades, the number of studies on electronic symptom reporting has increased greatly. However, the field is very heterogeneous: the choices of patient groups, health service innovations, and research targets seem to involve a broad range of foci. To move the field forward, it is necessary to build on work that has been done and(More)