2020 Volume 63 Issue 2 Pages 132-134
Home oxygen therapy (HOT) is an important treatment for patients with chronic respiratory diseases. Recently, telemonitoring of HOT has been become available. In the present study, we examined whether telemonitoring of HOT could improve health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Twelve patients receiving HOT participated in this study. The oxygen flow rates, use of the oxygen concentrator, and the values of percutaneous arterial oxygen saturation measured by each patient with a pulse oximeter were checked using a telemonitoring system for a period of one month. Interventions based on the results obtained were carried out in order to optimize oxygen use in this patient cohort. We evaluated the results of the SF-36 questionnaire before the initiation of telemonitoring and at 3 months after completion of the study. We identified significant improvements in SF-36 sub-scores after completion of this intervention. We conclude that telemonitoring may be a useful method to improve HRQOL.