Neurology patients more likely to use telehealth, CHOP study says

Researchers from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that across nearly 50,000 visits, pediatric patients continued to use telemedicine even with the reopening of outpatient clinics a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Sept. 16 study published in the journal of Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.

The study was based on a cohort of 34,837 in-person visits and 14,820 telemedicine outpatient visits between October 2019 and April 2021 across a total of 26,399 child neurology patients.

Three of the study's findings:

  1. Researchers found that telemedicine was utilized more often than in-person visits for patients with epilepsy and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  2. Patients with certain neuromuscular and movement disorders, younger patients, and those needing specific procedures were less likely to receive care by telemedicine.

  3. Racial and ethnic minority populations were less likely to use telemedicine for visits. 

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