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Transforming Wound Care through Telehealth in Aged Care

Project Member(s): Viney, R., Goodall, S., Addo, R.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF - Rapid Applied Research Translation)
Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF - Rapid Applied Research Translation)

Start year: 2022

Summary: The project aims to further develop telehealth to increase access to wound care in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), especially for residents needing care in place and rural settings. In the course of the project, a suite of digital tools including mobile imaging will be developed, tested and integrated into an existing secure telehealth video call platform. This will enable data visualization of patient assessments including wound and vital sign changes, clinical decision making support, transdisciplinary consultation and access to education materials. Following review of implementation in metropolitan and rural RACFs, a cluster randomized trial will evaluate clinical efficacy, acceptability and impact on the quality of life of patients.

FOR Codes: Health economics , Telehealth, Evaluation of health and support services