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Open-care telemedicine in ophthalmology during the COVID-19 pandemic: a pilot study.

Authors
  • Arntz, A1
  • Khaliliyeh, D2
  • Cruzat, A2
  • Rao, X2
  • Rocha, G2
  • Grau, A2
  • Altschwager, P2
  • Azócar, V2
  • 1 Departamento de Oftalmología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Chile)
  • 2 Departamento de Oftalmología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile, Chile. , (Chile)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archivos de la Sociedad Espanola de Oftalmologia
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2020
Volume
95
Issue
12
Pages
586–590
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.oftal.2020.09.005
PMID: 33160746
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
Spanish
License
Unknown

Abstract

To report a pilot experience of telemedicine in ophthalmology in open-care modality (i.e. direct video call), in a confinement period due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Descriptive study of the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients attended in a 10-week confinement period. Reported satisfaction of the participating patients and doctors was evaluated through an online survey. In the 10-week period, 291 ophthalmologic telemedicine consultations were performed. The main reasons for consultation were inflammatory conditions of the ocular surface and eyelids (79.4%), followed by administrative requirements (6.5%), non-inflammatory conditions of the ocular surface (5.2%), strabismus suspicion (3.4%) and vitreo-retinal symptoms (3.1%). According to previously defined criteria, 22 patients (7.5%) were referred to immediate face-to-face consultation. The level of satisfaction was high, both in doctors (100%) and in patients (93.4%). Open-care modality of telemedicine in ophthalmology during the pandemic period is a useful instrument to filter potential face-to-face consultations, either elective or emergency, and potentially reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. Copyright © 2020 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Publicado por Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

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