The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Using the telephone in place of clinic or home visits

    Remote access to patients with chronic heart failure (by telephone or telemonitoring) has a positive effect on health and wellbeing.

    Researchers from Australia and Canada reviewed 14 studies of remote monitoring in more than 4000 patients.

    Here are the results.

    • 21% reduction in hospital admissions for chronic heart failure
    • 20% reduction in deaths due to any cause
    • 3 of 6 trials evaluating health related quality of life reported significant benefits
    • 3 of 4 studies examining healthcare costs with structured telephone support reported reduced cost.

    The bottom line?
    It’s becoming clear that telephone, telemonitoring, and online computer programs are a valuable resource for patients and their healthcare providers.

    Other successes using telephone follow-up have been reported with psychotherapy for depression, panic disorders when combined with the Internet, as an aid to social workers working with the elderly.

    4/14/07 09:08 JR

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