This study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, finds that disparities in access to orthopedic care persisted as orthopedic surgical patients were shifted to telemedicine during COVID-19.
The researchers analyzed nearly 2,000 orthopedic patients receiving care via telemedicine from March to May 2020, and compared them to about 10,000 orthopedic patients who had in-person visits from March to May 2019.
Disparities remained significant in three areas:
Though telemedicine provides great opportunity for increased access and more efficient and higher quality care programs, it also brings a great responsibility to ensure a future with health equity, the researchers say.
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