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Looking for help in researching the topic of telehealth? We hope this list of telehealth systematic reviews, compiled by the Rural Telehealth Research Center, will help.

Systematic Reviews with a General Application
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Aoki N, Dunn K, Johnson-Throop KA, Turley JP. Outcomes and methods in telemedicine evaluation. Telemed J E Health. 9(4): 393-401, 2003. General overview - evaluation methods and outcomes
Black AD, Car J, Pagliari C, Anandan C, Cresswell K, Bokun T, McKinstry B, Procter R, Majeed A, Sheikh A. The impact of eHealth on the quality and safety of health care: a systematic overview. PLoS Med. 2011 Jan 18; 8(1):e1000387. General overview - impact on quality/safety
Broens TH, Huis in't Veld RM, Vollenbroek-Hutten MM, Hermens HJ, van Halteren AT, Nieuwenhuis LJ. Determinants of successful telemedicine implementations: a literature study. J Telemed Telecare. 13(6): 303-9, 2007. General overview - success
Dean BB, Lam J, Natoli JL, Butler Q, Aguilar D, Nordyke RJ. Review: use of electronic medical records for health outcomes research: a literature review. Med Care Res Rev. 66(6): 611-38, 2009. Epub 2009 Mar 11. General overview - EMRs
Durrani H, Khoja S. A systematic review of the use of telehealth in Asian countries. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 15: 175-181, 2009. General overview - Asian countries
Ekeland AG, Bowes A, Flottorp S. Methodologies for assessing telemedicine: a systematic review of reviews. Int J Med Inform. 81(1): 1-11, 2012. Epub 2011 Nov 21. General overview - methodologies
Grigsby J, Kaehny, Sandberg EJ, Schlenker RE, Shaughnessy PW. Effects and effectiveness of telemedicine. Health Care Financing Review. 17: 115-131, 1995. General overview - effects
Hailey D, Roine R, Ohinmaa A. Systematic review of evidence for the benefits of telemedicine. J Telemed Telecare. 8 Suppl 1: 1-30, 2002. General overview - benefits
Heinzelmann PJ, Williams CM, Lugn NE, Kvedar JC. Clinical Outcomes Associated with Telemedicine/Telehealth. Telemedicine and e-Health. 11(3): 329-347, 2005. General overview - clinical outcomes
Hersh WR, Hickam DH, Severance SM, Dana TL, Krages KP, Helfand M. Telemedicine for the Medicare Population: Update. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 131 (Prepared by the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0024.) AHRQ Publication No. 06-E007. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. February 2006. General overview - Medicare population
Jamal A, McKenzie K, Clark M. The impact of health information technology on the quality of medical and health care: a systematic review. HIM J. 38(3): 26-37, 2009. General overview - quality
Jennet PA, Hall LA, Hailey D, Ohinmaa A, Anderson C, Thomas R, Young B, Lorenzetti D, Scott RE. The socio-economic impact of telehealth: a systematic review. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 9: 311-320, 2003. General overview - socioeconomic
Mistry H. Systematic review of studies of the cost-effectiveness of telemedicine and telecare. Changes in the economic evidence over twenty years. J Telemed Telecare. 18(1): 1-6, 2012. Epub 2011 Nov 18. General overview - cost effectiveness
Sood SP, Prakash N, Agrawal RK and Bin Foolchand, AA. Telepharmacy and ePharmacy: Siamese or discrete? Int. J. Healthcare Technology Management. 9 (5/6): 485-494, 2008. General overview
Sood S, Mbarika V, Jugoo S, Dookhy R, Doarn CR, Prakash N, Merrell RC. What is telemedicine? A collection of 104 peer-reviewed perspectives and theoretical underpinnings. Telemed J E Health. 13(5): 573-90, 2007. General overview
Wade VA, Karnon J, Elshaug AG, Hiller JE. A systematic review of economic analyses of telehealth services using real time video communication. BMC Health Services Research. 10: 233, 2010. General overview - economic


Systematic Reviews with a Specific Hospital-based Application
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Young LB, Chan PS, Cram P. Staff acceptance of tele-ICU coverage: A systematic review. Chest. 39(2): 279-288, 2011. Specific application - ICU
Young LB, Chan PS, Lu X, Nallamothu BK, Sasson C, Cram PM. Impact of telemedicine intensive care unit coverage on patient outcomes. Arch Intern Med. 171(6): 498-506, 2011. Specific application - ICU


Systematic Reviews with a Specific Clinic-based Application
Reference Category
Bartoli L, Zanaboni P, Masella C,Ursini N. Systematic review of telemedicine services for patients affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Telemedicine and e-Health. 15(9): 877-883, 2009. Specific application - COPD
Deshpande A, Khoja S, McKibbon A, Rizo C, Jadad AR. Telehealth for acute stroke management (telestroke): Systematic review of analytic studies and environmental scan of relevant initiatives [Technology report number 99]. Ottawa: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2008. Specific application - stroke
Luxton DD, Sirotin AP, Mishkind MC. Safety of telemental healthcare delivered to clinically unsupervised settings: A systematic review. Telemedicine and e-Health. 16(6): 705-711, 2010. Specific application - Mental health
Maric B, Kaan A, Ignaszewski A, Lear SA. A systematic review of telemonitoring technologies in heart failure. European Journal of Heart Failure. 11: 506-517, 2009. Specific application - CHF
Siriwardena LS, Wickramasinghe WA, Perera KL, Marasinghe RB, Katulanda P, Hewapathirana R. A review of telemedicine interventions in diabetes care. J Telemed Telecare. 18(3): 164-8, 2012. Specific application - diabetes
Swanepoel DW, Hall JW. A systematic review of telehealth applications in audiology. Telemedicine and e-Health. 16(2): 181-200, 2010. Specific application - Audiology


Systematic Reviews with a Home-based Application
Reference Category
DelliFraine JL, Dansky KH. Home-based telehealth: a review and meta-analysis. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 14: 62-66, 2008. Home health
Pare G, Jaana M, Sicotte C. Systematic review of home telemonitoring for chronic diseases: The evidence base. JAMIA. 14(3): 269-277, 2007. Home health - Chronic diseases
Polisena J, Coyle D, Coyle K, McGill S. Home telehealth for chronic disease management: A systematic review and an analysis of economic evaluations. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. 25(3): 339-349, 2009. Home health - Economic evaluation
Polisena J, Tran K, Cimon K, Hutton B, McGill S, Palmer K, Scott RE. Home telehealth for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. 16: 120-127, 2010. Home health - COPD
Polisena J, Tran K, Cimon K, Hutton B, McGill S, Palmer K. Home telehealth for diabetes management: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism. 11: 913-930, 2009. Home health - Diabetes
Rojas SV, Gagnon MP. A Systematic review of the key indicators for assessing telehomecare cost-effectiveness. Telemedicine and e-Health, 14(9): 896-904, 2008. Home health - Cost effectiveness