Rapid implementation fo a diabetes telemedicine clinic during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak: our protocol, experience, and satisfaction reports

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Title

Rapid implementation fo a diabetes telemedicine clinic during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak: our protocol, experience, and satisfaction reports

Author

Al-Sofiani, Mohammed E.
Alyusuf, Ebtihal Y.
Alharti, Sahar
Alguwaihes, Abdullah M.
Al-Khalifah, Reem
Alfadda, Assim

Language

English

Publication Date

20200807

Abstract

Background: The importance of telemedicine in diabetes care became more evident during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as many people with diabetes, especially those in areas without well-established telemedicine, lost access to their health care providers (HCPs) during this pandemic. Subjects and methods: We describe a simplified protocol of a Diabetes Telemedicine Clinic that utilizes technological tools readily available to most people with diabetes and clinics around the world. We report the satisfaction of 145 patients and 14 HCPs who participated in the virtual clinic and 210 patients who attended the virtual educational sessions about "Diabetes and Ramadan." Results: The majority of patients agreed or strongly agreed that the use of telemedicine was essential in maintaining a good glucose control during the pandemic (97%) and they would use the clinic again in the future (86%). A similar high satisfaction was reported by patients who attended the "Diabetes and Ramadan" virtual educational session and 88% of them recommended continuing this activity as a virtual session every year. Majority of the HCPs (93%) thought the clinic protocol was simple and did not require a dedicated orientation session prior to implementing. Conclusions: The simplicity of our Diabetes Telemedicine Clinic protocol and the high satisfaction reported by patients and HCPs make it a suitable model to be adopted by clinics, especially during pandemics or disasters in resource-limited settings. This clinic model can be quickly implemented and does not require technological tools other than those widely available to most people with diabetes, nowadays. We were able to successfully reduce the number of patients, HCPs, and staff physically present in the clinics during the COVID-19 pandemic without negatively impacting the patients' nor the HCPs' satisfaction with the visits.

Primary Classification

1.3.12

Secondary Classification

1,3,12; 9.1; 9.5.1

Primary keywords

computer communication networks [pri]; diabetes [pri]; health care delivery [pri]; health services research [pri]

Secondary keywords

health personnel; Islamic rituals; patient satisfaction; quality of care

Subject

Saudi Arabia

Subject

COVID-19; pandemic; Ramadan; telemedicine; video conferencing software

Journal Article

Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology 2020 August 7; 10 p. [Online first]. Accessed: 2020 September 9

Note

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Primary Document Type

j

Subject Captions

e

Bibliography

35 refs.

ISSN

1932-2968 (print); 1932-2968 (online)

Collection

Citation

“Rapid implementation fo a diabetes telemedicine clinic during the coronavirus disease 2019 outbreak: our protocol, experience, and satisfaction reports,” Islamic Medical & Scientific Ethics, accessed January 19, 2021, http://imse.ibp.georgetown.domains/items/show/38271.