Author Affiliations: Area di Geriatria, Università Campus Biomedico, Rome, Italy.
The study by Takahashi et al1 provides useful information about the effectiveness of telemedicine. We believe that their negative results, although in line with others reported in the literature, should nonetheless be interpreted while taking into account some issues, the most evident being that the much higher mortality in the intervention group casts doubts on the real comparability of the study arms.
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