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The imperious need for telemedicine for the care of diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. A comprehensive approach study.
Silva-Tinoco, Rubén; Torre-Saldaña, Viridiana de la.
  • Silva-Tinoco R; Servicios de Salud Pública, Clínica Especializada en el Manejo de la Diabetes del Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Torre-Saldaña V; Servicios de Salud Pública, Clínica Especializada en el Manejo de la Diabetes del Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, Mexico.
Gac Med Mex ; 157(3): 309-312, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1535086
ABSTRACT

INTRODUCTION:

Patients with diabetes experience difficulties to maintain glycemic control during the confinement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the risk of developing diabetes chronic complications and severe COVID-19.

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the conversion of an outpatient diabetes primary care center from a face-to-face care modality to a telemedicine care service by telephone.

METHODS:

Medical consultations were made by telephone during the initial phase of confinement (April to June 2020), to then continue the follow-up of patients admitted to a multicomponent diabetes care program.

RESULTS:

A total of 1,118 consultations were made by telephone and follow-up was subsequently continued in 192 patients with type 2 diabetes. Different professionals from different health areas participated, including medical care, diabetes education, nutrition, psychology and podiatry.

CONCLUSIONS:

Multicomponent diabetes care was successfully transformed from a face-to-face care modality to a telemedicine service. Many primary care patients may be candidates for telemedicine. A redesign of the care model that incorporates telemedicine should be considered to mitigate chronic diseases burden of morbidity and mortality imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, but also for the post-COVID-19 era.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Telemedicine / Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / Ambulatory Care / COVID-19 Subject: Telemedicine / Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / Ambulatory Care / COVID-19 Type of study: Observational study / Prevalence study / Qualitative research / Risk factors Language: English Journal: Gac Med Mex Clinical aspect: Etiology / Prognosis Year: 2021

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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Document Type: Article Main subject: Telemedicine / Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / Ambulatory Care / COVID-19 Subject: Telemedicine / Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / Ambulatory Care / COVID-19 Type of study: Observational study / Prevalence study / Qualitative research / Risk factors Language: English Journal: Gac Med Mex Clinical aspect: Etiology / Prognosis Year: 2021
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