The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic necessitated using telehealth to bridge the clinical gap, but could increase health disparities. This article reports on a chart review of diabetes telehealth visits occurring before COVID-19, during shelter-in-place orders, and during the reopening period. Visits for children with public insurance and for those who were non-English speaking were identified. Telehealth visits for children with public insurance increased from 26.2% before COVID-19% to 37.3% during shelter-in-place and 34.3% during reopening. Telehealth visits for children who were non-English speaking increased from 3.5% before COVID-19% to 17.5% during shelter-in-place order and remained at 15.0% during reopening. Pandemic-related telehealth expansion included optimization of workflows to include patients with public insurance and those who did not speak English. Increased participation by those groups persisted during the reopening phase, indicating that prioritizing inclusive telehealth workflows can reduce disparities in access to care.
Closing Disparities in Pediatric Diabetes Telehealth Care: Lessons From Telehealth Necessity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Priya Prahalad, Brianna Leverenz, Alex Freeman, Monica Grover, Sejal Shah, Barry Conrad, Chris Morris, Diane Stafford, Tzielan Lee, Natalie Pageler, David M. Maahs; Closing Disparities in Pediatric Diabetes Telehealth Care: Lessons From Telehealth Necessity During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Clin Diabetes 2021; cd200123. https://doi.org/10.2337/cd20-0123
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