Kory Bettencourt, Ingrid Parry, Miranda Yelvington, Sandra Taylor, David Greenhalgh, Michelle A James
PURPOSE: This study examined the accuracy and reliability of measuring total motion of the fingers via telehealth using the following three different methods: (1) goniometry, (2) visual estimation, and (3) electronic protractor. Measurements were compared with in-person measurement, which was assumed to be the reference standard. METHODS: Thirty clinicians measured finger range of motion from prerecorded videos of a mannequin hand with articulating fingers, which was posed in extension and flexion that simulated a telehealth visit, using a goniometer with results blinded to the clinician (blinded goniometry), visual estimation, and an electronic protractor, in random order...
June 2, 2023: Journal of Hand Surgery
Eunyoung Kang, Julie Chen, Erin R Foster
Telehealth-delivered goal setting and goal management may guide occupational therapists (OTs) to form a strong foundation of active client engagement and personally meaningful goals on which to base effective telehealth intervention. The objective was to determine the feasibility of a goal setting and goal management system, called MyGoals, delivered through telehealth and hybrid formats for adults with chronic conditions. This was a mixed-method feasibility study. The Credibility and Expectancy Questionnaire and Client Satisfaction Questionnaire-8 measured credibility, expectancy, and satisfaction...
June 2, 2023: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
Lindsay A Ballengee, Heather A King, Corey Simon, Trevor A Lentz, Kelli D Allen, Catherine Stanwyck, Micaela Gladney, Steven Z George, S Nicole Hastings
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Embedded pragmatic clinical trials are increasingly recommended for non-pharmacological pain care research due to their focus on examining intervention effectiveness within real-world settings. Engagement with patients, health care providers, and other partners is essential, yet there is limited guidance for how to use engagement to meaningfully inform the design of interventions to be tested in pain-related pragmatic clinical trials. This manuscript aims to describe the process and impacts of partner input on the design of two interventions (care pathways) for low back pain currently being tested in an embedded pragmatic trial in the Veterans Affairs health care system...
June 2, 2023: Clinical Trials: Journal of the Society for Clinical Trials
Sarah Elison-Davies, Lauren Pittard, Tracey Myton, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Ward, Glyn Davies
BACKGROUND: Breaking Free Online (BFO), a computer-assisted therapy (CAT) program for substance use disorders (SUD), has been available across UK treatment services for the past decade and has demonstrated efficacy. The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to digital and 'telehealth' approaches to healthcare delivery becoming more common and accepted, and has in parallel, increased numbers of referrals to SUD services because of the impact pandemic-related stress has had on substance using habits in the general population...
June 2, 2023: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice
Tayebeh Baniasadi, Mehdi Hassaniazad, Sharareh Rostam Niakan Kalhori, Mehraban Shahi, Marjan Ghazisaeedi
BACKGROUND: Many early signs of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) developed during the first thirty days after discharge remain inadequately recognized by patients. Hence, it is important to use interactive technologies for patient support in these times. It helps to diminish unnecessary exposure and in-person outpatient visits. Therefore, this study aims to develop a follow-up system for remote monitoring of SSIs in abdominal surgeries. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This pilot study was carried out in two phases including development and pilot test of the system...
June 2, 2023: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Brady Coad, Sangeeta Ramani, Lindsey Michel, Amanda Peled, Jennifer Morgan, Josette Hartnett, Scott Chudnoff, Vaagn Andikyan
PURPOSE: To examine whether there are differences in meeting treatment goals between pelvic floor physical therapy (PFPT) patients who participated in a majority of telehealth visits versus those who participated in mostly traditional office visits at a community hospital. METHODS: Retrospective chart review was performed among patients who received PFPT from April 2019 to February 2021. Cohorts were defined as "Mostly Office Visits" (> 50% office visits) and "Mostly Telehealth" (> / = 50% telehealth visits)...
June 3, 2023: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Kimberly S Canter, Lee Ritterband, David R Freyer, Martha A Askins, Laura Bava, Caitlyn Loucas, Kamyar Arasteh, Wen You, Anne E Kazak
BACKGROUND: The psychosocial needs and risks of children with cancer and their families are well-documented including increased risk of parental distress, posttraumatic stress, and anxiety. There is a critical need to provide evidence-based psychosocial care to parents and caregivers of children with cancer. Digital health interventions are important to address many barriers to in-person intervention delivery but are not widely used in pediatric psychosocial cancer care. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for flexible, acceptable, and accessible psychosocial digital health interventions...
June 2, 2023: JMIR Research Protocols
Rozhin Naghdi, Gianhu Nguyen, Cecile Maria Vazquez, Christian Mark Antonio, Carlos Cabrera, Austin Chandra, Jay Chok
BACKGROUND: Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional health care model has evolved toward a more patient-centric model. In relation to this trend, digital health services have seen an acceleration, which may have significant implications for the health care model. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on health care facilities, it is important to explore health professionals' willingness to adopt a patient-centric digital health delivery model for medicine and health care. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to pilot a survey that assesses the impact and implementation of telehealth in view of health care providers prior to and post COVID-19...
June 2, 2023: JMIR Formative Research
Noam Fast, Robin van Kessel, Keith Humphreys, Natalie Frances Ward, Andres Roman-Urrestarazu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article aims to review and synthesize the current research evidence regarding the efficacy of telepsychiatry-delivered substance use disorder treatment using a narrative review with a focus on the effects of remote healthcare delivery within the substance abuse treatment space. RECENT FINDINGS: The COVID-19 pandemic exerted substantial pressures on all levels of society. Social isolation, loss of employment, stress, physical illness, overburdened health services, unmet medical needs, and rapidly changing pandemic restrictions had particularly severe consequences for people with mental health issues and substance use disorders...
2023: Current Addiction Reports
Carla Ugarte Pérez, Claudia Cruzat-Mandich, Álvaro Quiñones Bergeret, Dafne Díaz-Tendero, Marcela Gallegos, Aurora A Gil, Antonio Cepeda-Benito
INTRODUCTION: Dysregulated eating (emotional eating, cue-elicited eating, and dietary restraint and restriction) has been linked to being overweight or obese. The present investigation used a random controlled trial (RCT) to test the differential efficacy of remotely delivered Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT) and Behavioral Weight Loss (BWL) counseling. METHODS: The sample was recruited through advertisements that offered help to people "with problems controlling their eating" or "interested in improving their relationship with food" (n = 135)...
2023: Frontiers in Psychology
Robert L Phillips, Minhee P Moody, Marc H Hohman, John J Fowler
Metastatic melanoma, though less common than other skin cancers, remains one of the deadliest, particularly in late-stage disease. Our report aims to highlight the importance of early detection and treatment to reduce the morbidity, mortality, and significant disfigurement associated with advanced melanoma. The subject of this case is an 81-year-old female who presented to our emergency department as a trauma patient after being found lying down by a neighbor for an unknown amount of time. She was discovered to have a large fungating nasal mass which was subsequently diagnosed as highly invasive melanoma...
May 2023: Curēus
E Zhang, Skylar Bellinger, Leni Swails, Stephanie Punt, Katy Tepper, Eve-Lynn Nelson
To address the daunting behavioral and mental health needs of Kansas' rural and underserved communities, Telehealth ROCKS (Rural Outreach for the Children of Kansas) Schools project partnered with school-based health centers, school districts, and special education cooperatives to provide a range of telebehavioral health intervention services and teletraining. This project used the Project Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) telementoring framework to connect specialty providers with school/community providers for web-based continuing education and case consultation to support students with special education needs...
June 2023: Rural special education quarterly
Xin Lin Wong, Joshua Alexander Farrell, Andrew Campbell Satchell, Deshan Frank Sebaratnam
COVID-19 compounded existing barriers to healthcare for rural patients. We completed a retrospective chart review of patients receiving Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme subsidised biologics at a Modified Monash Model 3 dermatology practice during the pandemic and examined factors contributing to successful continuation of care, particularly teledermatology. Our experience is instructive in the provision of medical dermatology to regional patients.
June 2, 2023: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
Stephanie L Santoro, Sandra Baker, Jasmine M Blake, Maria J Cabrera, Kelli Caughman, Jeanhee Chung, Sarah Cullen, Maureen Gallagher, Kelsey Haugen, Roxanne Hoke-Chandler, Kavita Krell, Julius Maina, Diana McLuckie, Vanessa L Merker, Carie Michael, Kate O'Neill, Angeles Peña, Albert Pless, Dina Royal, Michelle Slape, Noemi Alice Spinazzi, Amy Torres, Carlos G Torres, Brian G Skotko
Down syndrome (DS) has a unique medical and psychological profile. To date, few studies have asked individuals with DS about their views of health, and fewer have explored the impact of COVID-19 on the health of individuals with DS and their families. We used a mixed methods approach including two studies on the health of individuals with DS and their parents conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic: (1) eight virtual focus groups, comprised of 20 parents and 8 individuals with DS to obtain participants' views of health, and (2) a 20-item questionnaire on health care experience of patients with DS who are African American or come from primarily Spanish-speaking homes...
June 2, 2023: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Jonathan Kissi, Caleb Annobil, Nathan Kumasenu Mensah, Joseph Owusu-Marfo, Ernest Osei, Zenobia Wooduwa Asmah
INTRODUCTION: The availability of low-cost computing and digital telecommunication in the 1980s made telehealth practicable. Telehealth has the capacity to improve healthcare access and outcomes for patients while reducing healthcare costs across a wide range of health conditions and situations. OBJECTIVE: This study compares the adoption, advantages, and challenges of telehealth services between high-income (HICs) and low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) before and during the COVID-19 pandemic...
June 1, 2023: BMC Health Services Research
Stephanie Dimopoulos, Nina E Leggett, Adam M Deane, Kimberley J Haines, Yasmine Ali Abdelhamid
BACKGROUND: The optimal model of outpatient intensive care unit (ICU) follow-up care remains uncertain, and there is limited evidence of benefit. RESEARCH QUESTION: The objective of this research is to describe existing models of outpatient ICU follow-up care, quantify participant recruitment and retention, and describe facilitators of patient engagement. STUDY DESIGN & METHODS: A systematic search of the MEDLINE and EMBASE databases was undertaken in June 2021...
May 30, 2023: Australian Critical Care: Official Journal of the Confederation of Australian Critical Care Nurses
Daniel Hindman, Donna Windish, Henry Michtalik, Amanda Bertram, Laura Prichett, Amit Pahwa
OBJECTIVES: As a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, many Internal Medicine (IM) residency programs converted to telehealth for primary care. Our objectives in this study were to better understand resident past and present telehealth education, their perceived barriers to telehealth practice, and their perceived solutions to improving telehealth use and education. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional needs assessment survey between November 2020 and February 2021 among residents at 10 IM residency programs across the United States...
June 2023: Southern Medical Journal
Rana E El Feghaly, Joshua C Herigon, Matthew P Kronman, Bethany A Wattles, Nicole M Poole, Michael J Smith, Ana M Vaughan, Rosemary Olivero, Sameer J Patel, Ann Wirtz, Zachary Willis, Brian R Lee
BACKGROUND: Most antibiotic use occurs in ambulatory settings. No benchmarks exist for pediatric institutions to assess their outpatient antibiotic use and compare prescribing rates to peers. We aimed to share pediatric outpatient antibiotic use reports and benchmarking metrics nationally. METHODS: We invited institutions from the Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship OutPatient (SHARPS-OP) Collaborative to contribute quarterly aggregate reports on antibiotic use from January 2019 through June 2022...
June 1, 2023: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Jean M Kim, Russell A McCann, Sari D Gold, Bradford L Felker
It is essential for mental health services to be equitably accessible and utilized. The literature on mental health service utilization has, to date, been focused largely on in-person care. This quality assurance project evaluated telemental health (TMH) utilization rates among Veterans by race and ethnicity. Following the rapid expansion of TMH in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we also explored whether TMH use across racial and ethnic Veteran groups changed after the onset of the pandemic. Using chi-square analyses, we compared the observed race and ethnicity of Veterans receiving TMH to the expected race and ethnicity of Veterans receiving TMH, controlling for rurality...
June 1, 2023: Psychological Services
Jeffrey A Cully, Ellen P Fischer, Raquel Gonzalez, James S Williams, Shubhada Sansgiry, Darrell Zeno, Dinesh Mittal, Irving Kuo
The COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered the way in which health care is delivered, challenging providers, and systems of care to innovate to maintain access to services. This article describes the delivery of mental health services during the pandemic in two Veterans Health Administration (VHA) regions that include 15 hospitals and over 100 outpatient facilities in the southern United States. Data were derived from (a) a survey of provider perspectives ( n = 1,175) on delivering mental health care prior to and during the pandemic and (b) VHA administrative data on mental health service delivery...
June 1, 2023: Psychological Services
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