Journal article

Benefits of phone consultation for endoscopy-related clinics in the COVID-19 pandemic

Leonardo Zorron Cheng Tao Pu, Gurpreet Singh, Anton Rajadurai, Ryma Terbah, Rahil De Silva, Rhys Vaughan, Marios Efthymiou, Sujievvan Chandran

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM: During COVID-19 outbreak, restrictions to in-person consultations were introduced with a rise in telehealth. An indirect benefit of telehealth could be better attendance. This study aimed to assess "failure-to-attend" (FTA) rate and satisfaction for two endoscopy-related compulsory telehealth clinics during the COVID-19 outbreak. METHODS: Consecutive patients booked for endoscopy-related telehealth clinics at a tertiary hospital were prospectively assessed. In-person clinic control data were assessed retrospectively. Sample size was calculated to detect an anticipated increase in attendance of 8%. Secondary outcomes included FTA differences between clinics and evaluation ..

View full abstract