Fifteen-minute consultation: A practical approach to remote consultations for paediatric patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Niamh Galway, Gemma Stewart, Julia Maskery, Thomas Bourke, Claire Teresa Lundy*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Objective: This practical approach to the use of telehealth aims to offer clinicians a framework for video and telephone interactions with children and families accessing healthcare. Design: Using a standardised case to illustrate how video and telephone consultations can be used during the COVID-19 pandemic. Setting: The emergence of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a massive impact on society. Routine face-to-face consultations were reduced to reduce potential spread of the virus. Clinicians still need to provide ongoing safe care, particularly for more complex patients. Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare services across geographical barriers using information and communication technologies to improve health outcomes. Intervention: In this article, we describe a € How to' approach to using virtual consultations based on our experience and a review of expert guidelines. Conclusion: Virtual consultations can be more convenient and have the potential to improve access for patients. Many have embraced these technologies for the first time during this pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood: Education and Practice Edition
Early online date24 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusEarly online date - 24 Aug 2020

Keywords

  • information technology
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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