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Telemedicine in pediatric rheumatology: this is the time for the community to embrace a new way of clinical practice

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen Foster



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© 2020, The Author(s). Background: The use of telemedicine in pediatric rheumatology has been historically low. The current COVID 19 global pandemic has forced a paradigm shift with many centers rapidly adopting virtual visits to conduct care resulting in rapid expansion of use of telemedicine amongst practices. Body: This commentary discusses practical tips for physicians including guidance around administrative and governance issues, preparation for telemedicine, involving the multidisciplinary care team, and teaching considerations. We also outline a standard proforma and smart phrases for the electronic health record. A proposed variation of the validated pediatric gait arms legs spine examination (pGALS) called the video pGALS (VpGALS) as a means of conducting virtual pediatric rheumatology physical examination is presented. Conclusion: This commentary provides a starting framework for telemedicine use in pediatric rheumatology and further work on validation and acceptability is needed.

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Author(s): Shenoi S, Hayward K, Curran ML, Kessler E, Mehta JJ, Riebschleger MP, Foster HE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Pediatric Rheumatology

Year: 2020

Volume: 18

Issue: 1

Online publication date: 31/10/2020

Acceptance date: 06/10/2020

Date deposited: 07/12/2020

ISSN (electronic): 1546-0096

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd


DOI: 10.1186/s12969-020-00476-z

PubMed id: 33129319


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