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Using new technologies in primary care

Some nurses and patients may hesitate to use new technology for remote healthcare, but it can mean less anxiety, better symptom control and timely intervention, improving patient confidence and quality of care while avoiding unnecessary surgery attendances.
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Some nurses and patients may hesitate to use new technology for remote healthcare, but it can mean less anxiety, better symptom control and timely intervention, improving patient confidence and quality of care while avoiding unnecessary surgery attendances

Technologies such as telehealth, apps and Skype act as a continuum of professional healthcare, and should never detract from face-to-face consultation. They work as a link, providing extra support and building confidence. They often result in less anxiety, better symptom control and timely intervention.

Nurses cite many reasons not to use new technologies:

‘I don’t like change’

Growing demands of complex long-term conditions (LTCs) in our expanding older population mean we are expected to provide the extra care and monitoring needed with less time for practical tasks. How

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