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eHealth and the hearing aid adult patient journey: a state-of-the-art review
Natl Res Council Italy CNR, Italy.
Oticon AS, Denmark.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Disability Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Univ Melbourne, Australia.
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2018 (English)In: Biomedical engineering online, ISSN 1475-925X, E-ISSN 1475-925X, Vol. 17, article id 101Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
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The number and variety of eHealth services for adults and older adults who use hearing aids (HAs) are growing rapidly. This area holds promise to increase cost-efficiency, enable better access to care, and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. Despite the increasing interest in this field, an up-to-date picture of recent research in the area of eHealth for adults with HAs is lacking. In this state-of-the-art review we assessed the literature from the past decade about eHealth use in the HA adult patient journey. Systematic searches were conducted in CINAHL, PubMed, Scopus, and Web of Science. A total of 34 peer-reviewed empirical records were identified from the searches and from the reference lists of searched records. Records were characterized based on: eHealth platform (i.e.: offline, Internet-based, or mobile-based), service [i.e.: education and information, screening and assessment, hearing rehabilitation, or general (teleaudiology)], and phase of the patient journey (i.e.: pre-fitting, fitting, or post-fitting). The review highlighted a growing interest in the field, as revealed by an increasing trend over the search period, from 2 records in 2009-2010 up to 17 records in 2015-2016. Internet-based platforms were the most frequently used (present in more than half of the included records), with a stable trend in the period. About one-third of the records introduced services over offline platforms, whereas mobile-based platforms were used only in 6 out of 34 records, suggesting that the clinical uptake of mobile services is still limited compared to more mature offline and Internet-based platforms. Most of the eHealth services observed were related to the areas of education and information (42.5%) and hearing rehabilitation (40.4%), whereas 10.7% were related to screening and assessment, and 6.4% to general tele-audiology services. Many services covered different phases of the patient journey, especially the fitting and post-fitting phases. Overall, this review showed that the field of eHealth in the context of HA rehabilitation in adults has grown in the recent past. Research is still needed to increase the uptake and efficacy of eHealth in clinical practice, especially in terms of technology developments, technical and clinical validation, and optimization of strategies for service delivery.

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BMC , 2018. Vol. 17, article id 101
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eHealth; Hearing aids; Hearing loss; Hearing rehabilitation; mHealth; State-of-the-art review
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Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150250DOI: 10.1186/s12938-018-0531-3ISI: 000440507300001PubMedID: 30064497OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150250DiVA, id: diva2:1239804
Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-08-17 Last updated: 2019-06-28

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