Therefore, the aim of this survey was to explore ICD recipients’ experiences of remote monitoring of the ICD and describe device-related concerns perceived by the patients.
Methods; A survey was sent to all ICD recipients in one county council with a catchment area of 300 000 inhabitants. Starting in 2015, all individuals receiving an ICD in this county council are followed-up remotely. The survey included questionnaires on the experiences of RPM, perceived control, anxiety and depression and device related concerns.
Results; A total of 170 patients (78% men, mean age 70,1 years, 15,5% working) were included in the analysis, response rate 98%. The result showed that almost everyone (99%) had positive experiences of remote monitoring of the ICD, 85% found the technique easy to manage and for 95% the RPM increased security and safety, and 91% answered that RPM increased family members security.
A total of 38% of the ICD recipients scored mild to moderate depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms were not found to affect the experience regarding RPM, but those with depressive symptoms were significantly more worried about receiving an ICD shock (p<0.015).
Also, those with low perceived control were more worried that the ICD would shock (p<0.034) and that overexertion would cause the ICD to shock (p<0.029).
Conclusions; Persons with an implanted ICDs found RPM easy to manage and that RPM increased the sense of security. Future interventions should focus on targeting the ICD recipients with low level of perceived control over the heart disease and symptoms of depression in order to decrease the level of device-related concerns. Using RPM in combination with assessment and interventions to decrease ICD related concerns and psychological distress are warranted.