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J Am Pharm Assoc (2003) ; 62(4): 1154-1157, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1676797


Academic detailing is a medical education outreach service that typically features in-person individualized discussion of therapeutic decisions. The onset of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic compelled many existing academic detailing services to switch to providing their services virtually. This format switch brought opportunities and challenges to detailing programs across North America. Technology enabled programs to continue, but adaptations were necessary, including communication style changes enabling automated booking and optimizing support materials for a virtual environment. Specifically, communication decisions, including when to screen share and strategies to encourage 2-way communication must be addressed to maintain the advantage of a discussion format. As pandemic limitations resolve and academic detailing services move forward, it is important to consider advantages and challenges of virtual academic detailing and how pandemic work will inform future approaches to academic detailing that may blend in-person and virtual outreach.

COVID-19 , Delivery of Health Care , Humans , Pandemics
J Patient Exp ; 8: 23743735211034620, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1346188


Hospital visitor restriction policies prompted by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) may lead to a less comfortable or informed inpatient experience for oncology patients admitted for non-COVID-19 conditions. We surveyed oncology inpatients before (n = 47) and after (n = 65) implementation of a no-visitor policy using a validated questionnaire to measure patient experience. Results revealed no significant difference in the percentage of patients reporting "no problems" (P < .05) in all questions. Patient experience was not adversely impacted by visitor restrictions enacted in response to COVID-19 on an oncology service, as measured by a questionnaire capturing common concerns among inpatients.

Telemed J E Health ; 28(3): 295-308, 2022 03.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1261027


Introduction: Telemedicine for neurological care has been researched and practiced in various ways over the past three decades, but the recent COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly expanded its use and highlighted the need for a synthesis of the existing literature. We aimed to review the methodology and outcomes of previous studies that have evaluated the use of telemedicine in movement disorders. Methods: This scoping review was performed by searching PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, and CINAHL databases from 1946 to November 2020. Studies that assessed the application of telemedicine for delivering care to patients with a movement disorder were included. We reported the aims and employed methodologies and categorized the outcomes from each study. Results: The search retrieved 228 articles, and 41 studies met the criteria for inclusion in the review. The majority of telemedicine studies were case series or randomized controlled pilot trials, investigating feasibility and acceptability in Parkinson's disease. Even with heterogeneity among outcome measures, they can be categorized into themes, such as feasibility, satisfaction, and efficacy. Conclusions: Telemedicine use has grown rapidly, due to the demands of providing care during a global pandemic. This application of telemedicine has been considered a promising way to expand care in Neurology, although research evaluating the dissemination of its use is dilatory. This review highlights the number of studies that have found telemedicine to be an acceptable and feasible way to deliver care for movement disorders. Further research is needed to expand on harmonization of outcomes, reach, adoption, and long-term use of telemedicine.

COVID-19 , Movement Disorders , Neurology , Telemedicine , COVID-19/epidemiology , Humans , Movement Disorders/therapy , Pandemics