Special Collection - Coronavirus (COVID-19): remote care through telehealth

Patient looking at tablet where they are being treated via telehealth consult

Cochrane has released a  Coronavirus (COVID-19) Special Collection: remote care through telehealth

Telehealth refers to the provision of personalized health care over a distance. It embraces synchronous and asynchronous interactions including consulting by phone, instant messaging, video, text message, or web-based services. Telehealth consists of three main elements: the patient provides data about their health; data is transferred to the healthcare professional electronically; and the healthcare professional uses their clinical skills and judgment to provide personalized feedback to the patient. While telehealth has much to offer in the provision of remote care to patients, accessing it may prove a significant challenge to those most in need, including older people, those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with physical or learning disabilities.

This Special Collection includes Cochrane Reviews that address using telehealth to support clinical management of various conditions, including asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, reproductive health, and skin cancer. It includes reviews of using telehealth to provide carer and parent support as well as empowering patient self-management of their long-term conditions. For reviews related to quitting smoking during the pandemic, you can refer to Coronavirus (COVID-19): effective options for quitting smoking during the pandemic.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020