Tele-nursing: A novel opportunity to improve the quality of nursing care

Article Type : Correspondence

Authors

1 Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran

2 Department of Medical-Surgical, Amol Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran

3 Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran

To the Editor

In the age of technological advancements, when each medical field is adapting and applying technologies to improve the quality of their service, nursing is moving from the bedside to the Tele-nursing couch to provide better care for patients [1-4]. The use of technology in nursing care and nursing practice is commonly referred to as telenursing [5, 6]. The services also include patient education, counseling, and follow-up via telecommunication technologies such as mobile phones, the Internet, and web-based conferencing [1, 3, 6, 7]. However, with the widespread use of Tele-nursing, researchers focus on the effects on nursing care quality [8, 9]. Hence, a quasi-experimental study found that the Tele-nursing approach improved adherence of patients with coronary artery bypass graft surgery to the treatment plan [7]. Another quasi-experimental study showed that telenursing can improve patient adherence to the diet of patients with type-2 diabetes [10]. In addition, a systematic review showed that telenursing can reduce depression, anxiety, hospitalizations, mortality rate, costs in patients with chronic diseases and also improve their quality of life [11]. Also, tele-nursing has proven effective in reducing depression, anxiety, and stress scores of hemodialysis patients [12]. Even in cancer patients, telephone-based support was helpful and increased access to health professions for patients from rural and remote settings [13]. Telenursing can be implemented; however, as seen in Sweden, there are challenges where patient safety is jeopardized. Tele-nursing simulation in undergraduate nursing education is desirable because these problems seem to be overcome by further developing nurses' communication abilities [14, 15]. By the way, it is a desirable way of promoting nursing care through Tele-nursing. We recommend more research to identify gaps and propose solutions for a better and safer form of telenursing.

 

Acknowledgements

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Authors’ contributions

Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work: ZA, MHG, AZK, SS, MJG; Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content: ZA, MHG, AZK, SS, MJG; Final approval of the version to be published: ZA, MHG, AZK, SS, MJG; Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved: ZA, MHG, AZK, SS, MJG.

 

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Self-funded.

  

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Competing interests

We do not have potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article.

 

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Volume 1, Issue 3
October 2023
Pages 154-155
  • Receive Date: 23 March 2023
  • Revise Date: 10 June 2023
  • Accept Date: 15 June 2023
  • First Publish Date: 01 October 2023
  • Publish Date: 01 October 2023