This study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that Black patients used telemedicine platforms more often than White patients for ambulatory surgical care during Phase 2 of COVID-19.
During Phase 1 (March 24 through June 23), there were 347 in-person and 638 virtual visits. Multivariate analysis found no significant differences in virtual versus in-person visits across racial/ethnic or insurance groups.
Other findings during Phase 1:
During Phase 2 (June 24 through December 31, 2020), there were 2,922 in-person and 1,001 virtual visits. Multivariate analysis found that Black patients were more likely to have virtual visits than White patients.
Other findings during Phase 2:
The researchers concluded that virtual consultation may help increase access to surgical care among under-resourced populations.Read More >>