The Rise and Fall of Surgical Telehealth-Can Lack of Patient Connection Be Blamed?
JAMA Surg . 2021 Mar 26. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2021.0989. Online ahead of print.
Muneera R Kapadia, Ian M Kratzke, Sonia L Sugg
A major result of the COVID-19 pandemic was the disruption of surgical care, especially in the early months. Resource limitations in personal protective equipment and concern for patient and clinician exposures led to a rapid increase in the use of telehealth platforms.1 Outside of pandemic concerns, benefits for patients include convenience, quicker access to health care professionals, and minimized travel time.2 While surgical use of telehealth prepandemic was limited, the pandemic experience might have been expected to result in sustained increased use.
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