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Telehealth trials missing minorities

15th June 2009

The Department of Health's Whole System Demonstrator telehealth trial has been criticised for excluding people who do not speak English.

Professor Sue Yeandle, co-director of the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities, told EHI: “People are looking to us to see how telehealth and telecare can work. Of the European projects that I have worked on people are particularly interested in how such systems can help ethnic minorities and migrants and it’s very hard to find that evidence. When I heard that the WSDs were excluding particular groups from their trials alarm bells started ringing.”

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