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Title: Benefits of phone consultation for endoscopy-related clinics in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Austin Authors: Zorron Cheng Tao Pu, Leonardo ;Singh, Gurpreet;Rajadurai, Anton ;Terbah, Ryma ;De Silva, Rahil;Vaughan, Rhys B ;Efthymiou, Marios ;Chandran, Sujievvan 
Affiliation: Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Issue Date: Apr-2021
Date: 2020-10-10
Publication information: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2021; 36(4): 1064-1080
Abstract: 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. Consecutive patients booked for endoscopy-related telehealth clinics at a tertiary hospital were prospectively assessed. In-person clinic control data was assessed retrospectively. Sample size was calculated to detect an anticipated increase in attendance of 8%. Secondary outcomes included FTA differences between clinics and evaluation of patients and doctors satisfaction. Satisfaction was assessed based on 6 Likert scale questions used in previous telehealth research and asked to both patients and doctors (6Q_score). This study was exempt from IRB review after institutional IRB review. 691 patients were booked for appointments in our endoscopy clinics during the study periods (373 in 2020). FTA rates were lowered by half during the compulsory telehealth clinics (12.6% to 6.4%, p<0.01). The patient 6Q_score was higher for the Advanced Endoscopy clinic (84.6% versus 73.8%, p<0.01), while the doctor 6Q_score was similar between both Advanced and Post Endoscopy clinics (91.1% versus 92.5% respectively, p=0.80). An in-person follow-up consultation was suggested for 3.5% of the appointments, while the necessity of physical examination was flagged in 5.1%. The use of phone consultations in endoscopy-related clinics during the COVID-19 outbreak has improved FTA rates while demonstrating high satisfaction rates. The need for in-person follow-up consultations and physical examination were low.
DOI: 10.1111/jgh.15292
ORCID: 0000-0002-7921-5631
Journal: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
PubMed URL: 33037824
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: COVID-19
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