Las cartas al editor en las revistas científicas ayudan a darle un toque de realidad a las visiones teóricas del día a día que a veces ofrecen. Un buen ejemplo es esta carta al editor del BMJ sobre telemedicina titulada "Daily contact with a nurse may be more important than high tech telecare":
My practice took part in the trials of telehealth and telecare mentioned by McCartney, and I too saw no hard evidence, just anecdotal evidence that weighing was useful.
However, the direct daily contact with a nurse that goes with the programme may be more important. This was not trialled separately from the telehealth part of the trial, as far as I know.
In this new world of locality driven commissioning it is interesting that central NHS policy is to drive telehealth forward even if it’s not wanted at a local level.
No siempre la realidad es como la cuentan los estudios científicos más sesudos...