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Nursing Commentary (NUR1-312)

Vol. 20 No. 1 (2022): Nursing: The Heart of Healthcare

Implementing Telehealth Services with the B.E.L.T. Tool

November 24, 2020


Nowadays, as technology takes on a more important role in our everyday lives, telehealth is emerging. Evidence proves that it can ease and improve access to quality care.(1) This commentary offers a synopsis of the narrative on the use of B.E.L.T. mnemonic to be used by a nurse champion to structure the implementation of telehealth services. This opinion and later research indicate that further testing is needed to adapt and validate the tool. The COVID-19 worldwide pandemic could not be a better opportunity to further test the tool through the implementation of telehealth in different settings across the world.


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  2. Arnaert A, Ponzoni N, Sanou H, Nana NG. Using the BELT framework to implement an mhealth pilot project for preventative screening and monitoring of pregnant women in Rural Burkina Faso, Africa. Telehealth and Medicine Today[Internet]. 2019[cited 2021 march 27]:1-10. Available from:
  3. Monaghesh E, Hajizadeh A. The role of telehealth during COVID-19 outbreak: a systematic review based on current evidence . BMC Public Health. BioMed Central; 2020. 10.1186/s12889-020-09301-4.
  4. Wosik J, Fudim M, Cameron B, Gellad ZF, Cho A, Phinney D, et al. Telehealth transformation: COVID-19 and the rise of virtual care [Internet]. OUP Academic. Oxford University Press; 2020June. 10.1093/jamia/ocaa067


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