Chaudhry H, Nadeem S, Mundi R. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2021;479:47-56.
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the use of telehealth across various medical specialties.This systematic review did not identify any differences in patient or surgeon satisfaction or patient-reported outcomes with telehealth for orthopedic care delivery as compared to in-person visits.However, the authors note that the included studies did not adequately capture or report safety endpoints, such as complications or missed diagnoses.
This commentary discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients with non-COVID-related disease and the implications for usual standards of care, access to services, handling elective procedures, the need to protect caregivers and preserve critical healthcare resources.
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