Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Telepalliative Care

Brook Anne Calton, Michael W Rabow, Linda Branagan, James Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Debra Parker Oliver, Marie A Bakitas, Michael D Fratkin, Dana Lustbader, Christopher A Jones, Christine S Ritchie
Journal of Palliative Medicine 2019, 22 (8): 981-985
The field of telehealth is rapidly growing and evolving across medical specialties and health care settings. While additional data are needed, telepalliative care (the application of telehealth technologies to palliative care) may help address important challenges inherent to our specialty, such as geography and clinician staffing; the burden of traveling to brick-and-mortar clinics for patients who are symptomatic and/or functionally limited; and the timely assessment and management of symptoms. Telepalliative care can take many forms, including, but not limited to, video visits between clinicians and patients, smartphone applications to promote caregiver well-being, and remote patient symptom-monitoring programs. This article, created by experts in telehealth and palliative care, provides a review of the current evidence for telepalliative care and potential applications and practical tips for using the technology.

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