Table 1

Potential benefits of telemedicine-delivered care in patients with conditions causing chronic respiratory failure

ConditionBenefit
COPDReduction in exacerbations, emergency department visits and hospitalisations [36–38, 63, 79]
Improved QoL [40]
Home set-up of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) [76, 92]
CFReduced time spent attending appointments [44]
Increased frequency of clinical review [49]
Financial savings [46]
Non-CF bronchiectasisNone identified
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosisImproved psychological well-being [56]
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)Reduction in hospital presentations and admissions [83]
Reduced in-person clinical encounters [82]
Financial savings [86–88]
Neuromuscular conditions and chest wall diseasesReduction in emergency presentations [94, 98, 101, 102]
Reduced in-person clinical reviews [99–101]
Home set-up of NIV [93]
Domiciliary-based chest physiotherapy [94]
Financial savings [93]
Obesity hypoventilation syndromeNone identified